West Cornwall Hospital, Penzance, was rated Good, and St Michael’s Hospital, Hayle and Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske, regularly used by constituents of St Ives and Isles of Scilly, were rated Good and Requires Improvement respectively following a Quality Care Commission inspection which took place in January. In the report the Trust has been rated as Good for being caring and Requires Improvement for being safe, effective, responsive, and well led.
West Cornwall Hospital : Outstanding for Caring
What stands out in the report is the only Outstanding rating recognises West Cornwall Hospital and the work that is done (as part of Living Well) with Age UK to provide additional services to patients on discharge. This work ensured that patients homes are ready for them when they returned. The report said 'Staff went the extra mile'. This is a significant recognition of the Living Well project and (if it is needed) confirmation that the initiative, that is delivered across West Cornwall and on the Isles of Scilly, is doing exactly what it says on the tin. Living Well helps everyone, especially those who are frail or vulnerable, to live the lives they want to the best of their abilities by making better use of the skills and resources from health, social care and voluntary sector organisations in Cornwall and on the Isles of Scilly.
The CQC report sets out the work that needs to take place to improve health provision and there are still significant financial challenges ahead. As I have said before the only way to adequately address the pressure on finances and ensure people are cared for in the best possible place is to achieve the meaningful integration of health and social care we are all signed up to. However, we need money to ensure this transition is done correctly and thoroughly, this means funding the living well and ensuring NHS England and the Government fully understand and respond to the need to provide resources to meet the current demand and cover the unavoidable extra costs of transition towards a joined-up model. I was able to make this very point in the House to the Secretary of State for Health in May.
The full CQC report can be accessed at http://www.cqc.org.uk/provider/REF