Humber trust rating raised to ‘good’ following improvements

Humber NHS Foundation Trust has improved its overall Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’ in less than 16 months.

The trust has improved its safety, effectiveness, responsiveness and leadership while maintaining a ‘good’ standard of care, the CQC said.

It also said that since the last inspection in August 2016, five of its 19 services have improved, meaning 16 are now ‘good’ and three ‘require improvement’.

Humber is now rated ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’ overall in more than four-fifths of its core CQC scores.

The trust was also rated ‘good’ for effectiveness, responsiveness and leadership and ‘requires improvement’ for safety.

The trust achieved ‘good’ across-the-board ratings for community and primary services, and ‘outstanding’ for the responsiveness and care of its wards for people with a learning disability or autism.

Jenny Wilkes, CQC head of inspection for mental health, said: “CQC have seen a real improvement in services at Humber NHS Foundation Trust, and these changes move their overall rating from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’.”

Michele Moran, chief executive, said: “To go from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’ in less than 16 months represents a remarkable turnaround in the Trust’s performance and is a fitting tribute to the extraordinary effort, commitment and loyalty of our staff.

“Our patients, carers and their relatives can be assured that we will act on the inspectors’ advice as we continue working hard to further improve our services.

“To have achieved two ratings of ‘outstanding’, including one for caring, is an exceptional achievement by our learning disability and autism staff, all of whom deserve praise and congratulations.

“We acknowledge that we still have work to do to; but the CQC’s report is a positive validation of our efforts to continually improve our services.”

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