‘High Risk’ ratings for a quarter of NHS Trusts – 44 out of 161 reported by the Care Quality Commission

44 out of 161 NHS Trusts were reported yesterday by the Care Quality Commission as being at a heightened risk of providing poor care and placed on the 2 highest risk bands. Three of these are in Essex.

Already in special measures following investigations by Sir Bruce Keogh – NHS Medical Director – earlier this year, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust recorded risk in 14 of the 150 criteria used to identify hospitals prioritised for early inspection as part of the regulator’s revamped system. These included potential under-reporting of problems, the number of patient safety incidents causing harm and higher than expected death rates.

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust was shown to be at risk in 13 areas, including A&E waiting times and death rates of in-patients. Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust was also cited, in band 2.

After being condemned earlier in the year as “not fit for purpose”, the CQC has had to redouble its efforts and improve the effectiveness of the regulation system. The new chief inspector of hospitals – Sir Mike Richards – has pledged that all hospitals in England will be inspected by 2015 and that results will be published at regular intervals. Inspections will echo the education system’s Ofsted approach using a set of 150 criteria grouped under the headings of safety, caring, effectiveness, responsiveness and leadership.


Whilst the figures make shocking reading, on the positive side it is welcome that attention is becoming more focused on how the pressures on the NHS have impacted so harshly on patient care and safety. As medical negligence lawyers we see the real impact that medical accidents and poor treatment can have on people’s lives.

Anything that puts the spotlight on areas that must improve must be welcomed as this can only help provide a better and safer environment for doctors and nursing staff to provide the medical care and treatment that patients require – and should expect – as standard.

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List of NHS Trusts placed in ‘high-risk’ bands

Band 1:

  • Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
  • East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
  • Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Medway NHS Foundation Trust
  • North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
  • Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • South London Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Band 2:

  • Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust
  • East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
  • Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust
  • Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
  • North West London Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust
  • Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
  • University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
  • West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust
  • Weston Area Health NHS Trust


Posted 25th October 2013 | Posted in News,Uncategorised