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Trust needed to improve staffing levels

Staffing levels will be one of the focuses of the follow-up inspection of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, which will review the specific problems identified with the Trust in its 2014 inspection.

The Care Quality Commission says it will talk to both staff and the public as part of its "robust" review after the Trust's "Requires Improvement" rating last year.

The results, which are expected to be published in 12 weeks time, will consider how far the trust has progressed since it was placed in special measures.

Care Quality Commission begins follow up inspection

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The Care Quality Commission will officially begin a follow up inspection of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust today.

The inspection team will speak to hospital staff and patients about services after the trust received a rating of 'Requires Improvement' in April 2014.

The CGC is particularly interested in hearing about the public's experiences since the rating, but also where they would like to see improvements made in the future.

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'Outstanding' GP surgery in Wigton

The Wigton Group Medical Practice received a rating of 'outstanding' from the CQC Credit: ITV Border

A GP surgery in West Cumbria has become the first in the county to receive a rating of "outstanding" from the Care Quality Commission.

The Wigton Group Medical Practice received the highest possible rating following an inspection last november.

It is the tenth practice in the country to achieve the rating.

Cumbrian care home 'not safe'

A care home in Cumbria has been condemned as unsafe in a damming report by the Care Quality Commission.

Inspectors stated that the residents of Howard Court in Brampton are at risk due to a series of failings and have demanded a string of improvements.

The report described staffing levels as "inadequate".

"The service was not safe. People who used the service were not managed safely."

– Care Quality Commission report

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Failings found at Workington care home

The Care Quality Commission's found failings at a care home in Cumbria.

Their report shows Harriets residential home in Workington didn't always deliver care in a way that ensured residents' needs and welfare.

There were hygiene problems including dirty furnishings and toilets. And residents' personal records weren't always kept safe and confidential.

Roseberry Care Centres, who run the home, say the level of care described in the report is unacceptable, and that improvements will continue to be made.

Harriets residential home in Workington Credit: ITV News Border

Report raises concerns over North Cumbria Health Trust

A new report by the Care Quality Commission has placed North Cumbria Health Trust in the bottom band of hospital trusts in the country.

The findings are based on data that includes death rates, serious errors and patient surveys.

13 risks were identified at the North Cumbria trust, including 10 that were elevated.

These included "never events" of incidents that should never happen in NHS hospitals, higher than expected death rates and issues over the time patients waited for treatment.

The report will act as a screening tool to identify which trusts need the most rapid CQC inspections and where inspectors need to focus their attention.

Full report: Cumbrian hospital criticised by CQC in new report

A Cumbrian hospital has been criticised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The CQC carried out an unannounced inspection last month at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

The report issued today criticises staffing levels, medical record keeping and the standard of care given to patients. The hospital has until mid-July to address the problems.

Kim Inglis reports.

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