Date of release: Tuesday 9th December, 2014
A new way of measuring risk at hospitals, developed by national health inspectors, has found the Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals Trust to be one of the least at risk Trusts.
Health watchdog, the Care Quality Commission, created a new Intelligent Monitoring tool to give inspectors an idea of the areas of care that may require further investigation in acute NHS Trusts.
The system is built on a set of indicators that look at a range of information, including patient experience, staff experience and performance, and relate to five key questions around health services: are they safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led.
The CQC used their findings to measure the level of risk at hospitals and to raise questions about the potential quality of care.
Trusts were then categorised into one of six bands, with Band 1 representing the highest risk and Band 6 the lowest – with the Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals Trust at level 5.
An Intelligent Monitoring Report stated: “The bandings give CQC, and hospitals, a guide to the number of issues we need to look into in more depth. We have engaged and consulted and tested the indicator set with a wide range of stakeholders.”
RWT Chief Executive David Loughton said: “We are delighted that the CQC has placed us in band 5 – only one short of the best possible rating.
“This is a great achievement by all our staff, achieved set against a background of immense pressure and unprecedented levels of activity. It is testament to the excellence and commitment of the staff across the Trust as they strive to provide high quality care to all our patients on a daily basis.”