Sherwood Forest Hospitals taken out of special measures

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been taken out of special measures following significant improvement in the quality of its services.

The trust, which provides healthcare services for people in and around Mansfield, Ashfield, Newark, Sherwood and parts of Derbyshire and Lincolnshire, has also successfully reduced patient waiting times in A&E. 

The Care Quality Commission's findings

Our decision follows a recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and a recommendation from the Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Sir Mike Richards, that the trust is taken out of special measures. 

The CQC found that the trust has improved how it reports, investigates and monitors incidents and the way it shares the lessons learnt with staff. 

It also highlighted how the trust manages patients whose condition deteriorates and how the organisation treats patients with sepsis as outstanding practice.

Fran Steele, Delivery and Improvement Director at NHS Improvement said: 

“This is fantastic news and recognises the hard work of staff throughout the trust. The progress was driven by good leadership and supported by the whole organisation being part of the change that needed to happen. 

“The success in reducing the time patients wait to be seen in A&E is particularly encouraging, the trust’s A&E performance is now among the best in the country. A well run emergency department is a good indicator of the quality of a trust’s performance more widely and a clear sign of effective clinical leadership.”

We will continue to support the trust to build on the progress it has made. 

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