After four years, teaching trust to exit special measures

Full story in The HSJ 2 November 2017

An NHS hospital trust in special measures for the last four years – longer than any other provider – has finally made sufficient improvement to be lifted out of the regime.

The Care Quality Commission has recommended Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust, which was placed in special measures in November 2013, be taken out of the programme, after being rated requires improvement.
In a significant boost for the trust, which could have faced liquidation last year, it was rated good for whether services were effective, caring and well led. Inspectors found outstanding practice at the children’s transition team and neonatal unit, which was piloting a new care model to enable parent involvement in ensuring a timely discharge for babies.