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Chesterfield hospital goes from requires improvement to good

Chesterfield Royal has been rated as good Credit: ITV News

Chesterfield Royal Hospital has been rated good in a recent report by the Care Quality Commission.

It is a significant improvement from their last comprehensive CQC inspection, which rated the Hospital trust as requires improvement.

Professor Sir Mike Richards, the Chief Inspector of Hospitals, said:

"Overall, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides good care to the population that it serves and we were pleased to see many improvements had been made.

"Since our inspection in April 2015, the trust has made significant improvements to ensure there was a positive culture change. The trust had a focus on wanting to improve the quality and safety of the care being delivered to patients.

The leadership team were very cohesive and worked well together. They were clear about the direction of the trust and were committed to delivering the strategic vision.

The board used an integrated system which provided the board with assurance of quality and performance. Inspectors reviewed the papers for the board and found they contained key information about performance and assurance. They were well organised and structured with all actions monitored.

The trust Board met regularly in both public and private. It was made up of the required numbers of non-executive members. The non-executive directors brought a good mix of skills and we saw evidence in the trust board minutes of how they challenged and held the executives to account.

There were, however, areas where improvements were needed, particularly in relation to the response rate and results of the annual NHS Staff Survey.

The trust has told us they have listened to our inspectors' findings and we are confident that the executive team, with the support of their staff, will work to deliver these improvements on behalf of all of their patients. We will return in due course to check on the progress that they have made.

– Professor Sir Mike Richards, the Chief Inspector of Hospitals