A focused inspection by the Care Quality Commission has shown some improvements at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Tooting, south west London.
Immediately after a previous comprehensive inspection in June and July 2016, CQC issued a Warning Notice to the trust highlighting breaches in regulations related to: safe and fit premises at St George’s Hospital; obtaining consent under the Mental Capacity Act, 2005; good governance and the fit and the proper person requirement.
During the latest inspection in May 2017, inspectors checked whether the trust was meeting the requirements of the Warning Notice. CQC found that the trust had partially met the requirements.
The trust had made significant improvements regarding: mental capacity act assessments; best interest decisions; deprivation of liberty safeguards; some elements of premises and equipment, medicines management and managing incidents. The trust was not rated following the recent focused inspection.
However, the trust is still required to make further improvements with regards to the fit and proper persons’ requirement, estates maintenance, accuracy of the referral to treatment data and governance.
CQC’s key findings included:
England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Ted Baker, said: “It is encouraging that St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has made some improvements since our comprehensive inspection of last year. However after our recent inspection in May 2017, it is clear there are still areas where the trust should improve.
“We will be working with the trust to ensure that improvements continue and I hope that this will lead to an overall improvement to its rating in due course.”