Birmingham Children’s Hospital receives ‘Outstanding’ rating by Care Quality Commission
Staff at Birmingham Children’s Hospital have been celebrating after receiving an ‘Outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
The hospital, now part of Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, is the only children’s hospital of its type in the country to receive such an accolade.
Visiting in May 2016, inspectors looked at the following core services: A&E, medical care, surgery, paediatric critical care, neonatal care, transition services, end of life care, outpatients and child and adolescent mental health services.
The trust was rated as ‘outstanding’ for whether its services were caring, effective and responsive, ‘good’ for whether its services were well-led and ‘requires improvement’ for whether its services were safe.
The Trust’s Chief Executive, Sarah-Jane Marsh, is delighted the CQC has recognised the work of the specialist paediatric hospital. She attributes the hospital’s success to its focus on teamwork, as well as the way the hospital supports innovation.
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Birmingham Children’s Hospital has had a Vanguard Visiting Hospital at its site since March 2015, which has provided the Trust with additional clinical capacity.
The unit has been integrated with the hospital’s existing buildings using a bespoke link corridor, although the unit does have the ability to act as a standalone treatment and recovery centre for day-case patients. With an eight bed ward and a state of the art operating theatre, the hospital has ensured valuable additional day case capacity.
Steve Clayton, Clinical Contracts Manager at Vanguard Healthcare, who has worked closely with the Trust on the unit, commented:
“We are very proud of the successful partnership with Birmingham Children’s Hospital, which is an outstanding organisation with a reputation for delivering first rate paediatric care. The exceptional care which has been delivered over the last two years speaks for itself, and we are all delighted that the Trust’s exceptional healthcare delivery has been recognised with an outstanding rating by CQC.”