Our decision to remove Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust from special measures follows a good CQC inspection and a subsequent recommendation from the Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Ted Baker.
In 2016 the trust was rated ‘inadequate’ overall, but the 2017 inspection found improvements across every domain and service area. End of life care at the trust is now rated as ‘good’, and surgery and urgent care has also improved significantly.
I am delighted to be able to make this announcement and every single member of staff who has shown real commitment to the quality of care should be rightly proud of their achievements. This has been a long journey for the Trust and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate staff for the significant improvements in care that the people served by the Trust should now experience.
There is of course much work still to do to ensure that patient services are the very best they can be.
We will continue to work closely with the Trust to ensure that the improvements highlighted in the CQC report are sustained and the recommendations for further improvement are taken forward.
Dr Kathy McLean, Executive Medical Director at NHS Improvement.