Major improvements made by East Kent Hospitals

Hard work and innovation from staff at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation trust has resulted in significant improvements in the quality of patient services.

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

We'll support 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.

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