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Royal College of Nursing praises trust's front-line staff

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has praised the front-line staff at the troubled North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have released a report today outlining into the organisation, which runs Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary and the West Cumberland hospital in Whitehaven.

It says the Trust needs to make more that it is providing a caring service to patients, something the RCN agrees with.

“It is great to see that the CQC are recognising all the hard work that front-line staff have delivered to try to turn around the trust. It is certainly true that Cumbria’s front-line nurses and health care assistants are incredibly dedicated and hard-working, and they are committed to delivering the highest quality care, day and night.

“However, we note that the CQC are recommending that the trust stays in special measures. As the CQC has said, trust management still have a long way to go before they can be said to have resolved the ongoing problems at the trust."

– Glenn Turp, regional director of the RCN Northern Region

Trust's Medical Director 'shares' staff's 'disappointment'

The North Cumbria Hospitals Trust requires improvement, and should remain in special measures, according to the body which regulates healthcare in England.

The Care Quality Commission has released a report into the organisation which runs Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary and the West Cumberland hospital in Whitehaven.

The report says while improvements have been made in several areas, it's not enough to be freed from special measures.

Dr Jeremy Rushmer, Medical Director of the North Cumbria University Hospitals spoke to ITV Border about the report:

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Trust staff 'under no illusions' of work still to be done

"I am immensely proud of our staff who have been recognised by the CQC for the care and compassion they show our patients every single day in very challenging circumstances.

“We are also very pleased to see many examples of good services within the CQC report and of course welcome the extra scrutiny on where further improvements still need to be made right across our organisation so that the Trust can be taken out of special measures.

“We are under no illusions on the work that still needs to be done..."

– Ann Farrar, Chief Executive of orth Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Hospital trust praised for 'compassionate' staff

Some improvements have been made by the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust Credit: ITV News Border

A report published today by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has praised the hardworking, caring and compassionate staff working across North Cumbria’s hospitals.

The report follows the recent Chief Inspector of Hospitals visit to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven and the midwifery-led birthing service at Penrith Community Hospital.

Overall, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has been rated by the CQC as ‘requires improvement’, however every single service inspected by the CQC was rated ‘good’ for providing a caring service to patients.

North Cumbria will be re-inspected by the CQC in the next few months to ensure that improvements continue to be made, that credible plans are in place to address the key issued identified in the CQC report and with a view to the Trust coming out of special measures.

Trust improving but still in special measures

The troubled North Cumbria Hospitals Trusts requires improvement, and should remain in special measures.

That's according to the Care Quality Commission which has released its latest report into the organisation, which runs Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary and the West Cumberland hospital in Whitehaven.

The report says that whilst improvements have been made in several areas, there's not been enough progress to get out of special measures.

Staff crisis at West Cumberland Hospital

Managers at North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust say they're facing some "immediate and very real" recruitment problems in Whitehaven.

The West Cumberland Hospital will lose its three remaining junior doctors in August and a recent recruitment campaign has so far failed to fill 11 of 13 available posts.

Managers have now taken the unusual step of writing to other trusts in the North of England to try to fill the gaps in the short term.

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North Cumbria plea to NHS trusts for staff

Managers at North Cumbria University Hospitals trust say they are facing some "immediate" problems with staff shortages at the West Cumberland Hospital.

Bosses have written to other trusts in the North East and North West of England to try to plug the gaps short-term.

The West Cumberland Hospital will lose its three remaining junior doctors in August which will make current staff shortages worse.

“We are facing some immediate problems in terms of our acute care medical rota at West Cumberland Hospital and we want to be transparent and open with all of our stakeholders about this.

“We have today written to all chief executives in the North East and North West to request any interim support they may be able to give us in August in order to ensure continuity of care for our patients.

“There is no escaping some of the very real recruitment challenges we face as a Trust and we are committed to working through these and making sure all of our patients, staff, the public and other stakeholders are kept fully up to date with progress."

– Dr Jeremy Rushmer, Medical Director, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

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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