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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH) as ‘Good’ overall and ‘Outstanding’ for caring following an inspection in September.
The trust was placed in special measures for both finance and quality of care in 2016, but, following its emergence from financial special measures in July 2018, the inspectorate’s announcement of its exit from the quality element of the regime completes one of the fastest and most significant transformations achieved by any NHS organisation.
Amongst the findings, the CQC recognised the ‘huge improvements’ made at the trust since its last inspection in 2016, when it was rated ‘Inadequate’. The inspectors were particularly impressed by the way in which front-line staff were empowered to make change themselves and by their high levels of engagement and motivation. As a result, NHS Improvement has also confirmed today that BSUH is no longer in any form of special measures.
Marianne Griffiths, chief executive of the trust, said: “This is fantastic news and thoroughly deserved. I know how hard all our staff have worked to achieve the improvements we all want to see and I am delighted that the results of those efforts have been recognised by the CQC and NHS Improvement.
“The inspectors went away with a clear understanding that care is our top priority and that we have a brilliant workforce committed to doing everything they can for the patients they care for. Coming after our exit from financial special measures in July, this recognition is another important milestone in our improvement journey and should give us all confidence to achieve even greater things in the future.”
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