Quality Improves at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Wednesday 6th June, 2018

The quality of services provided at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has improved substantially and the Chief Inspector of Hospitals has recommended that it no longer warrants being in special measures, for quality, as a result.

Today NHS Improvement accepts this recommendation. 

The report describes a number of significant improvements in the quality and safety of care it provides local patients including urgent care services and improved infection prevention and control. This progress is a credit to the commitment of all staff at the Trust and it is right that their hard work is recognised.

The Trust now remains in special measures for finance and will continue to get national support to improve its position. It must make rapid progress to strengthen its finances at the same time as maintaining and building on the improvements identified in the CQC’s inspection. 

NHS Improvement will continue to support the Trust to deliver the necessary financial improvement and implement the requirements of the CQC’s inspection report.

Dr Kathy McLean, NHS Improvement Executive Medical Director and Chief Operating Officer said:

“These improvements are good news for local patients and staff across the Trust should be very proud of the progress they have made.

“However, the Trust must now drive major financial improvement and demonstrate its services are financially sustainable. There is strong evidence to show that high quality care and financial grip go hand in hand and the Trust must ensure local efficiency plans are not achieved at the expense of the quality and safety of services.”