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Royal College of Nursing praises staff for special measures turnaround

The Royal College of Nursing Northern region has praised the dedication of staff for taking North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust out of special measures.

The trust was under special measures for the last four years, but a report by the CQC has rated it as 'good' overall for providing ‘effective’ services.

“The CQC report highlights the need for the trust to do more work around recruitment of staff and this has been an issue continuously raised by the RCN, both within our strategic vision for clinical excellence in Cumbria launched two years ago as well as in our response to the West, North and East Cumbria Success Regime consultation, Healthcare for the Future.

“There is strong evidence that the number of registered nurses has a direct impact on patient outcomes and that high quality patient care can only be delivered with the right number of skilled professionals in the right settings.”

– Peta Clark, Operational Manager for the Royal College of Nursing Northern region

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More lives being saved in North Cumbria

A new report claims North Cumbria's mortality rate has reduced Credit: PA

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust says that changes made by healthcare leaders have led to more lives being saved in North Cumbria.

A new report by healthcare analysts Dr Foster shows North Cumbria’s mortality rate has reduced since 2012, when the Trust was recorded as having one of the highest Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratios in England.

The Trust claims that the report, called ‘Is Special Measures Working?’, is proof that changes put in place since then have been effective.