Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust gets 'good' rating from CQC inspectors - improving on 'needs improvement' just 12 months ago

PUBLISHED: 13:56 02 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:56 02 May 2017

Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup

Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup


Staff and management delighted as inspectors give trust - which oversees the Queen Mary's Hospital - the thumbs up

Health bosses across Bexley and Bromley have been given a boost after an inspection of services by the Care Quality Commission rated them as ‘good’.

The Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust - which oversees the Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup in addition to a host of clinics and other hospital sites across the two boroughs - had been termed ‘needs improvement’ when inspectors had last visited in April.

Now the trust insists it is pushing forward seeking an even higher mark next time.

Andy Trotter, chair of Oxleas NHS, said: “I would like to thank everyone for their efforts in making improvements where they were needed. This new rating reflects not only their hard work but the commitment of staff across the whole organisation, who go above and beyond on a daily basis to deliver care we can be proud of.”

Ify Okocha, medical director, added: “Obviously we now need to build on this in light of the CQC’s new regime which means that they can turn up at any time, but I am confident we will be able to maintain this and even do better.”

The CQC was impressed with progress since its last inspection.

Steve Russell, executive managing director for NHS Improvement (London), said: “This CQC rating is an impressive result for everyone who has helped Oxleas improve, and every member of staff at the trust should be very proud of what they have helped deliver for patients over the past year.

“Oxleas provides a wide range of services across a large geography, and it is testament to every member of the team in all locations and in all settings that the CQC’s inspection earlier this spring found evidence to rate all five key aspects at the trust as ‘good’.

“The overall ‘good’ rating is a result of a strong focus on patients, service users and their families, and commitment to continual learning and improvement, and I am delighted that the hard work of everyone at Oxleas has been recognised in this success.”

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