The report following the Care Quality Commission inspection at Wye Valley NHS Trust in July this year is published on Thursday, November 3
The Trust is rated as “requires improvement”.
Following the release of the inspection report, and following the recommendation from CQC’s Chief Inspection of Hospitals, NHS Improvement has agreed to lift the Trust out of quality special measures as a result of the significant improvements made.
“This outcome is great news for the residents of Herefordshire and those across our borders who use our services,” said Richard Beeken, chief executive of the Trust.
“The report confirms that substantial improvements have been made in many areas – and once again our quality of care has been rated as good throughout the Trust.
“However, these improvements are only part of the answer to the sustainable delivery of high quality, safe services in the county.”
Wye Valley NHS Trust has been buddied with South Warwickshire NHS FT since the beginning of the year to provide increased support as the Trust sought to address concerns raised by the CQC and make the required improvements.
This support has benefited WVT hugely and to maintain these improvements, NHSI, WVT and SWFT are exploring options to put this support onto a more formal footing.
These discussions are at an advanced stage and it is hoped that an announcement on further details of this new partnership will be made shortly.
As a result of this proposed relationship between the two Trusts, WVT’s interim chairman, Mark Waller, will step down on Monday next week, November 7, and Russell Hardy, current chairman of SWFT, will become chairman of both Trusts.
Jeffrey Worrall, Delivery and Improvement Director at NHS Improvement, said: “We are pleased with the positive progress made by Wye Valley NHS Trust to its services for local patients. All staff members have worked extremely hard to achieve this outcome.
“We would like to thank the trust’s leadership team, led by Richard Beeken, for the contribution they have made to the work of the trust over the last two years.
“We must also recognise South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust’s support over the last few months which has helped Wye Valley to drive change and deliver the necessary improvements to its services.
“However, there is clearly more work to be done and we will continue to provide the trust with the necessary support to ensure it delivers the actions identified by the Care Quality Commission.”
Notes to Editors WVT:
- Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider of health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve.
- By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
- With an estimated annual turnover of around £180 million, we employ around 3,000 staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.
For further information please contact: John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Amanda Millichip, Communications Officer 01432 355444 ext. 5105.