Worcestershire Hospital Trust still in special measures and some areas have got worse say CQC inspectors

Worcestershire Royal Hospital was one of the six services visited by inspectors from the CQC Credit: PA

- Worcestershire Acute Hospital NHS Trust has been in special measures since December 2015.

- Worcestershire Royal was named as one of the worst in the country by Jeremy Hunt.

- The Care Quality Commission's latest inspection found that while some improvements have been made, some areas had in fact worsened since inspectors last visited.

Between 23rd January and 22nd March 2018, a team of CQC inspectors visited six of the services provided by Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust across Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Alexandra Hospital and Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre.

The Trust ratings remain:

- Good for being caring

- Requires Improvement for being effective

- Inadequate for being safe and responsive.

It had improved from Inadequate to Requires Improvement for being well-led.

Previous inspections have raised concerns about the leadership of the Trust, which up until 2017 had an entirely “temporary” management team.

The CQC said the new leadership team understood the challenges they faced.

The Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Ted Baker, said:

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Exactly a year ago, a similar warning was issued to the Trust after inspectors found services were declining in quality.

Michelle McKay joined the Trust as Chief Executive in March 2017.

Speaking about this latest report, she said that one of the key issues is flow through the Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

A spokesperson for NHS Improvement said: "While there have been some improvements and the Trust has been rated ‘Good’ for caring, there is clearly more to be done to ensure that patients receive a consistently high quality of care. Remaining in special measures continues to be the right approach for the trust and for patients.

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