Chesterfield Royal Hospital retains 'good' rating following incomplete CQC inspection

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has today (Friday 29 May) published a report following its latest inspection of Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

CQC inspected the trust between 4 February and 6 February 2020, assessing care and treatment received by patients.

On 16 March 2020, CQC suspended all routine inspections to support and reduce pressure on health and social care services during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, this inspection could not be completed in the usual way.  

Consequently, this report includes findings from four completed service-level inspections: urgent and emergency services, surgery and maternity – which were rated Good – and medical care (including older people's care), rated Required Improvement. 

A well-led inspection – which considers the leadership, management and governance of the organisation – was not completed. 

CQC is only able to update trusts’ overall ratings when a well-led inspection is completed. Therefore, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s overall rating and its ratings for CQC’s five key questions – is it safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led? – are retained from CQC’s previous comprehensive inspection report, published in 2019, and the trust remains rated Good overall. 
A CQC spokesperson said: “Staff at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust should be proud of the care they are providing for people using their services. 

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, our immediate focus is to support the trust to keep people safe during a period of unprecedented pressure.”

Full details of CQC’s inspection findings are available online here: www.cqc.org.uk/provider/RFS 

Commenting on the rating, Chief Executive Angie Smithson said: “I’m incredibly proud of what our colleagues have achieved to once again show that the care and services we provide have met the high standards set out by the CQC. Our teams across the Trust work hard to provide the best possible care to our patients and visitors. This rating reflects that dedication and gives us a solid platform as we continue our journey to ‘OUTSTANDING’.”

Director of Nursing and Patient Care, Lynn Andrews, said: “We welcome all aspects of the report and these inspections present us with an ideal opportunity to find out what we need to focus on. It’s uplifting to hear about our achievements and those of our colleagues but it’s equally important to pinpoint where we need to improve our care and services.

“This is a highly detailed report and we will take the time to go through it line by line to make certain that we can put plans in place to address those recommendations and maintain our successes. I would like to thank all of our staff for their dedication and hard work in achieving this outcome. We have such a strong platform to build on and this report gives us what we need to continue our journey towards ‘OUTSTANDING’.”

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