Major improvements have been made for patients using East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust. However, we will need to review the trust’s financial position in more detail and has therefore deferred deciding if it should come out of special measures.
We'll revisit the decision in February 2017.
About the trust
The trust was put into quality special measures in September 2014, after the Care Quality Commission (CQC) gave the trust an ‘Inadequate’ rating. The CQC inspected the trust again in 2015 and found significant improvements, raising the rating to ‘Requires Improvement’.
Today’s CQC report on the most recent inspection in September 2016, shows further improvements across every site and service inspected, an exceptionally caring workforce and no inadequate ratings.
The trust is currently not meeting its agreed savings plans and is predicting it will finish the 2016/17 financial year further in deficit.
What we're doing to help
the trust in continuing to make improvements in quality of care at the
same time as addressing its financial challenges.
We've arranged for the trust to get additional support for the financial
improvements that it needs to make. The trust is also getting support
from our Emergency Care Improvement Programme in seeing people more
quickly in its accident and emergency departments.