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New nursing strategy after damning reviews

A new nursing strategy is being drawn up by Cumbrian health bosses following damning reviews into high death rates and poor quality of care.

Chris Platton photo
Chris Platton

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust announced that nursing director Chris Platton is to work with the Northumbria trust, which is in the process of taking over the North Cumbria trust, to create the strategy “in line with recommendations” from national reviews, including the Keogh, Berwick and Francis reports.

Figures last month revealed that the hospital trust, which runs the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and Whitehaven’s West Cumberland Hospital and is in special measures, has the 10th highest mortality rate in the country.

The figures were an improvement on the previous report, by research group Dr Foster, which ranked the trust fourth highest – sparking the Keogh Review into failing hospitals.

“[Chris’s] work will support both organisations in ensuring we collectively meet the forthcoming challenges alongside delivering excellence in patient safety and quality,” a spokeswoman said.

Ms Platton said the commitment from staff to improving patient care was strong.

“Much has been written about how long an improvement journey North Cumbria has,” she said.

“While we still have far to go, I am confident that this commitment will be sustained and continue to drive real improvement at a ward level and I look forward to working with everyone in my new role.”

Ann Farrar, chief executive for North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, thanked her for her hard work “in extremely difficult circumstances”.

“Her experience will serve her well in her new role and I wish her well in her new challenge and look forward to working with her in her new role,” she said.

The Government published its response to recommendations made in the high-profile Francis inquiry into what had gone wrong in Mid-Staffordshire where patients died due to serious failings

Estephanie Dunn, operational manager from the Royal College of Nursing, said: “It is extremely important that all hospitals respond positively to the many reports on the NHS which were published in 2013.  Within them are clear recommendations for the nursing profession.

“I look forward to continuing to work with North Cumbria as they focus on delivering real improvements for patients through the development of a nursing workforce that is able to deliver the effective care, with the right level of skill, at the right time and access to the appropriate support and resources.”


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