CQC finds Pennine Acute Hospital Trust has improved

The Trust covers the Royal Oldham, Fairfield and North Manchester General hospitals Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive/PA Images

Inspectors have rated the Pennine Acute Hospital Trust as being improved overall.

Services at the Trust had been rated as inadequate by the Care Quality Commision.

Though the CQC still rates services as being in need of improvement, it found that infection was being controlled.

The report also found staffing levels had improved but still required attention.

I am pleased to report that we have found evidence of real improvement in care at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. However, there remains a considerable amount to do to improve services for patients

During the last inspection in 2016, we decided against placing the trust in special measures because Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust had recently assumed leadership of the trust.

A comprehensive plan to deal with the challenges faced by Pennine Acute Hospitals has been put in place and it is clear these arrangements have had a positive effect. We found a supportive and open culture that was focused on learning and improvement. There had been major changes to the leadership and management at the trust, staff talked positively about local leadership.

There is still scope for improvement in the day to day delivery of services – and I look forward to reporting further progress as the trust deals with these matters in future.

– Ellen Armistead, Care Quality Commission

The report findings include:

  • 70% of the aspects of the services inspected by the CQC are now rated as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’.
  • Two of the Trust’s hospitals (Fairfield and Rochdale Infirmary) and Trust community services are rated as Good.
  • Every hospital/Care Organisation has improved since last inspection report August 2016.
  • There are no longer any services across the Trust’s hospitals that are rated Inadequate.
  • Greatest improvements have been made across Maternity, A&E and Medicine.
  • Pennine Acute Trust has benefited from partnership with Salford Royal FT working as a group of healthcare services called the Northern Care Alliance.
  • New leadership teams for each hospital in place under Chief Executive Sir David Dalton have driven improvements to ensure services are safer and reliable.
  • Well-led at the Trust now rated as ‘Good’ reflecting positive change in culture
  • Services have been strengthened by implementing new systems & recruiting more staff.

Fairfield General Hospital, Bury – Rated Good

  • Medical care provided at Fairfield including older people’s care rated Outstanding
  • Urgent and Emergency care – overall rating improved to Good
  • Surgical services rated Good for Caring, Responsive and Well led, but remains on Requires Improvement for Safe and Effective
  • Medical and nurse staffing had improved across services

The Royal Oldham Hospital – Rated Requires Improvement from Inadequate

  • Maternity services has improved significantly with overall rating given as Good
  • Urgent and Emergency care – overall rating improved to Good
  • A&E patient waiting times in A&E has significantly improved despite high demand
  • A&E working with CCG and partners to further develop urgent care services
  • Rating in Safe services for urgent and emergency care has improved to Good
  • · Surgical services were rated Good for Caring, Responsive and Well led
  • Critical Care services has improved
  • Services for children and young people has improvement

North Manchester General Hospital – Requires Improvement from Inadequate

  • Maternity services at NMGH has improved from Inadequate to Good
  • Urgent and Emergency care – overall rating improved from Inadequate to Good
  • Both adult and paediatric A&E departments have improved and have strong plans and innovations to improve quality of care and performance further
  • Significant improvement in A&E performance and reduction in 12 hour waits
  • Medical care including older people’s care has improved