THE trust which runs Burton’s Queen’s Hospital will be one of the first in the country to be inspected using new methods by a care quality watchdog.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has revealed that Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which includes the Belvedere Road site, is one of 20 NHS trusts which face thorough scrutiny between April and June this year as part of its new approach to hospital inspections.
The trusts will receive an official overall rating of outstanding, good, requires improvement or poor.
Each main service, such as maternity and accident and emergency, will also be rated in the same way, providing performance information at service and trust-level.
A spokesman for the CQC said: “The trusts listed have been selected for a range of reasons, with specialist trusts included for the first time.
“Some trusts inspected under the Bruce Keogh Review into high mortality rates are included for a follow-up inspection.
“We will carry out a mixture of announced and unannounced inspections.
“The aim of our new inspections is to get to the heart of patients’ experiences.
“We will look at the quality and safety of the care provided, based on the things that matter to people.
“We will then make judgements on how well it is performing.
“We will publish reports which clearly set out our judgement and the evidence we have used.”
Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was handed a list of ‘urgent’ recommendations last year following an investigation which led to the trust being placed in special measures.
Helen Ashley, hospital chief executive, said: “The senior team at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust believes that evidence of significant improvement in services can be clearly seen around its three hospitals in Burton, Lichfield and Tamworth.
“Our staff have worked incredibly hard since Sir Bruce Keogh’s review in 2013 and we have made significant progress against the improvement plan. We trust the findings from the chief inspector of hospitals’ visit later this year reflect this.”