‘Incredible’ CQC upgrade is endorsement of hospital group model

Sir David Dalton says the improvements made at a troubled hospital trust in Greater Manchester have been “incredible”, and have come despite it only being offered a “fraction” of the financial support given to struggling trusts in the south east.
The Care Quality Commission has upgraded Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust to “requires improvement” after being rated “inadequate” in 2016.
The trust’s leadership has been taken over by Salford Royal Foundation Trust as part of its emerging “hospital group” and Sir David is chief executive of both trusts.
In the previous inspection, the most serious concerns had centred on maternity services at North Manchester General Hospital and Royal Oldham Hospital, as well as urgent and emergency services at NMGH. The CQC previously rated them these services inadequate, but has now found them to be “good”.
The trust’s overall leadership has also improved from “inadequate” to “good”, and the use of a system to support nurses across the trust was described as outstanding.
Sir David told HSJ: “It’s been a difficult and challenging 18 months and this has meant a lot of hard work, dedication and willingness by staff to implement our improvement plan across our services.
“Staff can feel a lot of pride in this and heads can be lifted up, it’s an incredible result.”