It can have escaped no-one’s attention (in England) that the much-publicised (and much “spun”) Keogh Review has been published. Eleven hospital trusts have been placed into special measures to ensure improvements in patient care because of major failings.
Triggle, N. (2013). Hospital trusts rapped over major failures. London: BBC Health News, July 16th 2013.
Hospital by hospital breakdown. London: BBC Health News, July 16th 2013.
This relates to:
Review into the quality of care and treatment provided by 14 hospital trusts in England: overview report. London: Department of Health, July 16th 2013.
“Understanding the causes of high mortality… is more likely to be found in the combination of problems that to a differing extent are experienced by all hospitals in the NHS: busy A&E departments and wards, the treatment of the elderly in and out of hospital, and the need to recruit and retain excellent staff. Such issues are complex and require a ‘whole system’ approach to deal with them. This is why it has been so important that this review has involved all the key players the NHS system”. (p.17)
The Keogh Mortality Review: Information and intelligence packs. London: NHS Choices, July 16th 2013.
[A version of this item features in Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 8, July 2013].
Statistics possibly of interest:
Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI): Deaths associated with hospitalisation, England, January 2012 – December 2012, Experimental statistics. London: Health and Social Care Information Centre, July 24th 2013.
Leadership and Management
An update on the 14 hospital trusts placed in special measures:
Triggle, N. (2014). Ex-M&S boss to advise NHS managers. London: BBC Health News, February 14th 2014.
Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Turnaround
One year later, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been given a good rating by the Care Quality Commission. It was buddied with the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, and shared learning may have been pivotal.
Triggle, N. (2014). The secret to transforming a failing hospital. London: BBC Health News, July 28th 2014.