Lincolnshire hospitals branded "high risk"
THE trust that runs Boston’s Pilgrim and Lincoln County Hospitals has been branded as ‘high risk’ in a new branding process by the Care Quality Commission.
United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust which runs Pilgrim and Lincoln County Hospital was ranked “1,” high risk.
The trust, one of 24 in band 1, was ranked at high risk as it was placed in special measures following a previous visit which found it was failing in some areas.
A hospital spokesman said: “The banding process is part of a new monitoring system introduced by the CQC which feeds into the CQC’s new hospital inspection programme.
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“All NHS Trusts which have been placed in special measures following the Keogh Review have automatically been placed in band 1.
“This decision is based on existing information and does not tell us anything new. The majority of areas analysed for United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust have no evidence of risk.
“We continue to work through robust action plans following the Keogh review and associated CQC review, and are making significant progress.
“We are focused on continuously improving our services, with our top priorities of quality of services and patient safety.”
The trust’s mortality rates are the lowest they have been at the trust in five years.
The trust has also recently recruited 171 new nurses, 101 of which are newly qualified nurses, trained within the trust.
Pilgrim Hospital has be named as the best hospital in the country for treating hip fractures, with a 50 per cent reduction in mortality rates for these patients and an average reduction of three days for the length of time patients stay in hospital.
The Care Quality Commission will be re-inspecting United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust in the future.
The CQC has a new way of inspecting, making better use of of intelligent monitoring.
The intelligent monitoring is based on 150 indicators that looks at a range of information including patient experience, staff experience, and measures of performance.
CQC’s chief inspector of hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards said: “As a doctor, I liken intelligent monitoring to a screening test; our inspection combined with intelligent monitoring provides the diagnosis, following which we make a judgement, which will in turn lead to action.
“Our intelligent monitoring helps to give us a good picture risk within trusts, showing us where we need to focus our inspections. We aim to publish the results at regular intervals. They will provide the basis for constant contact with NHS hospitals and other NHS organisations, and may lead to inspections in response to particular issues.”