The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Care Quality Commission inspection report published

1 July 2014

The CQC has published its report following their inspection of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in March 2014, when a team of 80 people spent four days talking to staff about their work with patients and checking our systems and processes.

By any standards, it was a comprehensive assessment. The CQC team included doctors, nurses, midwives, hospital managers, trained members of the public, a variety of specialists, CQC inspectors and analysts. Inspectors also returned unannounced a few weeks after the main inspection.

The full report is now available to read on the CQC website: www.cqc.org.uk/provider/RR8

Responding to the report, Julian Hartley, Chief Executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said today:

“We were very pleased that the Quality Summit meeting at which the CQC presented this report to the hospital and our key stakeholders was a very positive one. Our partners are all strongly committed to supporting us in our continuing improvements.

“We welcome the detailed feedback provided by this report, in particular that across all of our hospitals, services are caring and effective. We are pleased that the inspectors recognise the constructive steps we have already taken, such as investing in more clinical staff, and having dedicated safeguarding arrangements.

“We acknowledge there are areas in which we still need to make progress more quickly and we have plans in place to make this happen but the improvements we have already made are good foundations on which to build.

“Our actions to improve patient safety include:

  • Ensuring all staff, including doctors, are up to date with training and clinical skills, including safeguarding.
  • Employing over 400 new nurses who will be taking up posts from September onwards
  • Handover of information between staff, especially doctors has been improved since the visit.
  • Making sure clinicians properly assess risks to patients in areas like hydration and pressure sores
  • Strengthening systems in place to ensure safety and ensuring there is effective learning across the trust from investigations where things have gone wrong.”