In May 2020, the CQC rated the Trust as Requires Improvement overall, an improvement from the previous rating of inadequate.
The inspectors recognised the sustained and significant improvements that had been made in patient care. The CQC recommended that the Trust was removed from special measures and this happened in May 2020 after confirmation by NHS England and Improvement.
The CQC praised many aspects of care from End of Life Care which is rated as Outstanding, Outpatients which is rated Good and notable improvements in Urgent and Emergency Care and Surgery.
The domains of Effective and Caring are rated as Good, and the Safe, Responsive and Well-led domains are rated as Requires Improvement.
This was a significant improvement from the previous report and represents a huge amount hard work, innovation and professionalism from staff.
The Requires Improvement rating shows the Trust still has improvements to make and mark good progress on the journey to outstanding.
Other highlights in the report include good examples of innovation across the Trust; the positive impact being made by the Older Persons Emergency Department, and a focus on research and development as well as the creation of a quality improvement faculty.