Humber NHS Foundation Trust and East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group welcome the outcome of the Care Quality Commission’s follow-up inspection of the Community Ward and the Neighbourhood Care Team at East Riding Community Hospital.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) re-visited East Riding Community Hospital to check the action plan of improvements put in place following its inspection earlier this year had been completed.
The Trust had limited occupancy of the Community Ward to 12 beds on a temporary basis until compliance was achieved. The successful CQC visit means the Trust is now working towards restoring full capacity by the end of the month.
The positive outcome also means the Trust can continue its work on the vision to transform community nursing services in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
“We are delighted with the positive outcome as it means we can now move forward with our wider plans to transform community nursing services in the East Riding of Yorkshire,” explained Angie Mason, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Nursing at Humber NHS Foundation Trust.
“The first step is the creation of 20 new community nursing posts which will be advertised this week to enable us to support our existing dedicated and enthusiastic staff in providing a fully integrated 24 hour a day, seven day a week NHS service ensuring true continuity of care for patients in our area who have greater and more complex care needs than ever before.”
David Snowdon, Chief Executive, Humber NHS Foundation Trust said:
“We are very pleased to confirm the CQC assessors are now completely satisfied that the community ward meets essential national standards of quality and safety and that we have addressed the action needed in the following areas:
· Supporting workers
· Assessing and monitoring the quality of service
· Care and welfare of people who use services
It is extremely important to us that we always deliver the highest quality of care and patient safety and we have invested a significant amount of resources into enhancing staff training, knowledge and skills and managing identified risks to promptly and appropriately address the issues raised by the CQC.
“Our patients are always at the very heart of everything we do. People who have spent time on the community ward have been extremely positive about their care and treatment throughout and current patients told CQC inspectors during the most recent visit that the care they were receiving at the hospital was “gold standard”.
Jane Hawkard, NHS East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group Chief Officer said the CCG has been working very closely with Humber NHS Foundation Trust to address the issues raised by the CQC.
“We are very pleased with this positive outcome and acknowledge the hard work and investment that has gone into ensuring the issues around the community ward have been appropriately addressed in a very timely manner.
“We are pleased to see work is underway to restore full capacity by the end of the month. Our intention has always been to have a high quality Community Hospital with a minor injuries unit, therapies, outpatient services, diagnostics (including X ray and ultrasound) and a 30-bedded community ward operating in Beverley, for the benefit of our local population. The Trust has provided us with the assurances needed and we now look forward to the reopening of all the beds in time to manage the busy demands on health services this winter.”