Blackpool Teaching Hospitals will be one of 19 Trusts included in the second wave of the Care Quality Commission’s new national inspection programme.
Local patients will be asked to play their part in the routine inspections which will help to provide added assurance about the safety and quality of local hospital services.
The inspections will see a mixture of unannounced and announced visits to the hospital but also ask for input from partner organisations and the public with a listening event for patients to pass on their experiences of hospital services – both good and bad.
The first phase of the CQC’s inspections started in September and by December 2015 every NHS Trust in the country will have been visited.
The Blackpool visit is a routine follow up which the Trust is welcoming and was expecting as part of the recent review of the hospital’s services by the KeoghReview.
Chief Executive of the Trust, Gary Doherty, said: “As part of the Keogh review we knew there would be a follow up visit before March 2014 and we will welcome the inspection team and work with them to make sure we do all we can to make any positive changes necessary to improve patient care.
“We have been working extremely hard over the past months since the Keogh Report was published and are making good progress on making large improvements in a small number of key areas that were highlighted.
“We believe we have made great strides in recent months to deal with some of the issues highlighted in the Keogh report and see this follow up inspection as a real opportunity for us to focus on the things that really matter to people who use our services.’’
The new national inspection teams will be headed by a senior NHS clinician or executive working alongside senior CQC inspectors and will include professional and clinical staff and other experts, including trained members of the public.
The visit will look at eight key service areas: A&E, maternity, paediatrics, acute medicine and surgical pathways, care of the frail elderly, end of life care and outpatients. They will also look at additional specialties where necessary.