Patient service improve at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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Monitor announces Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust has made significant improvements in the quality and delivery of its care for patients.

The regulator also said that the Board has made important improvements in the way it runs the Trust. As a result, Monitor has decided it is no longer in significant breach of its terms of authorisation as a Foundation Trust.

In March 2012, Monitor instructed the Trust to address a range of issues that were leading to patients receiving inadequate and poorly co-ordinated care. The regulator also had concerns about the way the Board was run.

In particular, the Trust had been slow to act in addressing poor performance at ward level within the hospital, reflecting a concern initially highlighted by the Care Quality Commission.

Since then, the Trust has taken steps to improve the effectiveness of its patient assessment and care planning procedures. In addition, the Board implemented changes to tackle weaknesses in its quality governance.

Adam Cayley, Regional Director of Provider Regulation at Monitor, said: “This is a really positive development for patients of the Trust. In the last year, we have worked closely with its Board to successfully tackle the issues that prevented the Trust from delivering appropriate care to its patients.

“The Trust’s Board has now implemented a number of changes to address our concerns about its oversight of services for patients and its engagement with clinical staff.

“Our intervention and the Trust’s response show how a robust regulatory regime for foundation trusts is working effectively to promote and protect the interests of patients.”