‘Good’ CQC rating for Airedale
Airedale NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded an overall ‘Good’ rating for their recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection combined with their NHS Improvement Use of Resources review.
The inspection, which took place in November and December, reviewed and rated:
- Five core services: urgent and emergency care, medical care, surgery, diagnostics, and critical care
- Whether the Trust is well-led
- The Trust’s use of resources (carried out by NHS Improvement)
Overall for quality of care the Trust was rated as ‘Requires Improvement’ and ‘Good’ for Use of Resources. Under quality of care the Trust was rated as ‘Good’ for responsive, caring, and effective, and ‘Requires Improvement’ for safe and well-led.
The report, published today, praises how caring, responsive and positive staff are, how they are proud to work for the Trust and how they focus on putting the patient first. Staff reported to the inspectors that they feel supported and listened to by their managers, and able to discuss concerns. Patients and their families said that they are treated kindly and compassionately, and that they felt safe and well looked after.
Chief Executive Brendan Brown is pleased with the ‘Good’ rating but says there is more work to do: “We are not complacent; we were rated ‘Requires Improvement’ for quality and well-led, and this is not where we want to be for our patients. The CQC’s report highlighted a number of areas where we need to improve, and we are already making headway. We want to be able to consolidate this Good rating across all our areas when we’re inspected again later this year.
“However I am pleased that the reports recognise the extraordinary efforts our employees and volunteers make day in day out to care for our patients, their families and our community. Moving to a ‘Good’ rating is a tremendous achievement, particularly when considered against the backdrop of continued unprecedented demand for services, financial challenges and national staffing pressures.
“I am extremely proud of our people, of their compassion and their dedication. I would also like to thank the patients and their families who were interviewed by the CQC during the inspection, our partners across our health and care system who work with us to care for our patients both in and out of hospital, and to our community in general for their ongoing support of Airedale.”
The full report is available on the CQC’s website at www.cqc.org.uk/provider/RCF