Good report on district nursing in county

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DISTRICT nursing in Cambridgeshire is meeting all the quality and safety standards, the Care Quality Commission (CCQ) determined during a recent planned inspection.

Inspectors found that people are getting safe and appropriate care that meets their needs and supports their rights, and that there are enough district nurses to keep people safe and meet their health and welfare needs.

Mandy Renton, Chief Nurse, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, said: “The CQC’s findings reflect the outcome of a major investment programme in our district nursing service, including the appointment of 13 additional nurses and new clinical leadership and nurse manager roles with responsibility for introducing continuous quality improvement within the service.

“Our district nursing staff are highly skilled and provide care to thousands of local people every year. This report reflects their commitment to providing the best quality of care and it also means the CQC’s previous major concern about staffing levels has now been lifted.”

The CQC has also recently reviewed two of the Trust’s inpatient wards; the Lord Byron Ward, Brookfields Hospital (12 beds) and Welney Ward, Princess of Wales Hospital, Ely (21 beds).

The recent planned inspections found that both units were compliant in two of the five standards reviewed, with the three standards not met rated as having either minor or moderate impacts on the care provided. None of the standards ‘not met’ were rated as having a major impact on patient care.

The Trust’s District Nursing Services incorporates circa 210 staff and is one of the Trust’s largest services, providing home based care to a wide range of vulnerable adults.