09 AUG 2018

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

The Care Quality Commission have published their latest report on Queen Alexandra Hospital.

Inspectors carried out a comprehensive inspection of all nine core services at the Hospital in April and May 2018 and found that further improvements are required. CQC found that some areas had improved, some had stayed the same and others had deteriorated, however inspectors found that the new leadership team was tackling the challenges with compassion and energy.

Professor Ted Baker, CQC's Chief Inspector of Hospitals, said "Although the overall rating for Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust remains Requires Improvement, I am pleased to report that there were signs of change across the organisation. Staff also reported this new approach and 'hope' for the future and that there was momentum for change".

Mark Cubbon, Chief Executive of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust commented: "Some of the challenges the Trust faces are longstanding issues that have been well documented over a number of years. Since joining as Chief Executive I have been clear that these will not be transformed overnight. This report illustrates the long term nature of the task and is a fair and honest reflection of where we are after one year.

Following the CQC's focused inspection in 2017 the Trust was rated 'inadequate' in six areas. Today's report reduces this number to just one and reflects the hard work and commitment undertaken by all of our staff. None of us want a situation where any of our services are considered inadequate, and our focus must now be on addressing the outstanding areas of concern and continuing to build on the steady progress already made."

The full CQC report can be found at https://www.cqc.org.uk/provider/RHU.

On 5 July 2018, Queen Alexandra Hospital published their strategy for the organisation over the next five years entitled, 'Working Together' which can be found here

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