Hospitals mortality probe

Five hospital trusts are to be investigated over their mortality rates, including three in the North West, the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) has announced.

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Statement from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

We recently commissioned the Advancing Quality Alliance to carry out an independent review of our mortality rates which involved interviews with clinicians and managers and a detailed review of our mortality data and patient case notes. The report concluded there was no cause for clinical concern about patient care however we welcome any further assurance this latest review can give to our Trust, patients and the public.

“In the past 12 months a significant amount of work has taken place across the Trust including the setting up of a Mortality Board made up of clinicians to drive forward improvements. Since the commencement of this work our mortality rates have fallen considerably with our SHMI figures for July-September 2012 reported as 102.3 compared to 123.3 for the period July 2010 to June 2012, bringing our figures close to the national average.”

– Dr Mark O’Donnell, Medical Director of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Statement from East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

“We welcome the recommendations of the Mid Staffordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry and will be looking closely at how they can underpin our services.

We have been named as one of five Trusts in the country who present in the “higher than expected” band in the Summary Hospital Mortality Indicator (SHMI). This indicator is one of a number of mortality indicators along with the more commonly used Hospital Standard Mortality Ratio. We take this very seriously and we welcome the independent review by the NHS Commissioning Board Medical Director, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh.

“The Trust has a mortality steering group that comprises of senior clinicians including the Medical Director and Deputy Medical Director who is also the chair of the Patient Safety Group who are looking at the indices very carefully and will use them to identify where we can focus efforts to improve clinical practice and care.

“We have met with the NHS Trust Development Agency (NHS TDA) as part of our assessment process for suitability to become a Foundation Trust. This robust process scrutinises and measures us against governance, quality and finance and they have now approved us to proceed to assessment by Monitor (regulator for NHS Foundation Trusts).

– Mark Brearley, Chief Executive at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Statement from Tameside Hospital Trust

The Trust looks forward to receiving Sir Bruce Keogh and/or his team into the hospital.

“It is well recognised that Tameside Hospital’s Summary Hospital Mortality Indicator (SHMI) has been elevated for the last two years. In the same way as the hospital has addressed the Dr Foster reported Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio (HSMR), it has committed to working with its partner organisations to similarly reduce the SHMI.

“This additional national focus from Sir Bruce Keogh is welcomed by the hospital as it provides for an even wider–reaching review of the many complex factors that influence the SHMI across the Tameside and Glossop Health Economy. The vast and sustained improvement achieved in our HSMR indicates that addressing the SHMI requires a multi-agency approach, including the local Clinical Commissioning Group and Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council.

“Over recent years the hospital has undertaken an extensive quality improvement programme, which has seen significant quality gains across a wide range of other clinical indicators including hospital infections, falls, deep vein thrombosis screening and pressure ulcers.

“The 2012 NHS Staff Survey, Friends and Family Indicator, has identified asignificant improvement in the number of people recommending Tameside Hospital for treatment and care.”

– Christine Green, Chief Executive of Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Hospitals in mortality rates probe

Five hospital trusts are to be investigated over their mortality rates, including three in the North West, the NHS Commissioning Board has announced,

The announcement follows the publication of the inquiry into mistreatment and neglect of patients at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Medical director Sir Bruce Keogh is to launch an immediate investigation into five hospital trusts, including Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.

The NHS CB said that the five trusts have been "outliers" on the Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator for two successive years to 2012.

The news follows the publication of the Francis Report into events at the trust between 2005 and 2009, which called for a "zero tolerance" approach to poor standards in the health system.

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