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New NHS Trust Chair 'impressed' by hospital staff

Gina Tiller has spoken after it was announce that she has been appointed as the new Chair of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust.

“I have been impressed with the commitment, determination and drive I have witnessed to date, from the staff who are working tirelessly to deliver the best possible safe care to patients.

"I am confident that we will continue to improve the services we provide to patients, in a way builds confidence within our local communities. In doing so, this will also prepare the organisations for acquisition by Northumbria Healthcare.

"I am looking forward to working with all stakeholders to shape a positive future for North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust."

– Gina Tiller, Chair of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

New chair for North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust

Gina Tiller has been appointed as Chair of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust Credit: North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Gina Tiller has today been appointed as the new Chair of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The announcement was made by NHS Trust Development Authority.

Ms Tiller has stood in as Interim Chair of the Trust since 1 February 2014. She is a former nurse, research officer and visiting lecturer at Northumbria University.

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West Cumberland Hospital accepts liability for a mother's death

A Cumbrian NHS Trust has admitted liability for a mother's death in childbirth. But following a High Court ruling in London it will not have to compensate her son for his disabilities.

The North Cumbria Hospitals Trust admitted that the mother died from negligent care at the West Cumberland Hospital in 2002.

Her son, who's now 11, will need care for the rest of his life. But the judge concluded that his injury was not a result of negligence.

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.

Stroke victim sent home by doctor in Cumbria

A stroke victim was sent home from a Cumbria hospital by a doctor because "no stroke unit was available", according to an NHS report.

The patient was discharged by a locum doctor from one of the hospitals run by North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, according to the trust's board papers.

An investigation has been launched by the trust's medical director into the process for appointing agency locum medical staff.

The locum in question no longer works at the trust, according to the document.

There were also three other "serious" patient incidents during June at the trust, which runs Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven and a midwifery-led service at Penrith Community Hospital.

One patient was operated on after mistakenly being given a local instead of a general anaesthetic.

Medics missed a "mass" which should have been spotted on a chest X-ray of another patient.

And a consultant coughed during a procedure which resulted in a patient moving - which they claimed "affected the clinical outcome".

The trust is one of 11 that was put put into "special measures" for "fundamental breaches of care" following a review into 14 trusts with higher than expected death rates.

The investigation, led by NHS medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, found that none of the hospitals investigated was providing "consistently high-quality care to patients".

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North Cumbria Trust bottom of national survey

Only 35% of staff working at the hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven would recommend the treatment available there.

The NHS national survey of just over 100,000 staff members, found that of 161 NHS trusts in England, the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust came bottom.

The Morecambe Bay Trust, which runs the hospitals in Kendal, Barrow and Lancaster also did badly, with only 49% of staff there recommending the treatment they offered.

In the survey, staff were asked to respond to the statement:

“If a friend or relative needed treatment, I would be happy with the standard of care provided by this organisation”

– NHS Staff Survey

...and had to say whether they strongly agreed, agreed, disagreed, strongly disagreed or had no view.

The figures published in the Daily Telegraph found that nationally, around 60% of NHS staff would recommend the treatment at their hospitals to friends and family.

How to join the NHS Trust

Members of the public are being urged to help represent the views of local people by joining the North Cumbria Hospital Trust.

People from North Cumbria are being given the chance to find out more about becoming Governors at their local hospital.

The deadline for registering as a member of the NHS Trust is looming - interested candidates have until Thursday (17th January) to put their name forward. Elections will then take place.

Details on how to apply can be found below:

Membership is open to anyone aged 12 or over and it's free.

You can contact the Foundation Membership Team on: 0800 085 5950 or e-mail: foundation@northumbria.nhs.uk

Potential members can click here to sign up.

For more information about becoming a governor please click here.

Public urged to join local NHS trust

Members of the public are being urged to help represent the views of local people by joining the North Cumbria Hospital Trust.

People from North Cumbria are being given the chance to find out more about becoming Governors at their local hospital.

Governors carry out roles which involve shaping the future of hospital services in the region.

Anyone interested in becoming a Governor must join the NHS Trust first, before putting themselves forward for the role.

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