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Alder Hey Press Statement regarding Care Quality Commission release

welcome_alder_heyFollowing a press release issued by the Care Quality Commission regarding Alder Hey’s inclusion in its list of ‘Band One’ trusts please see the below media statement.

Response from Sir David Henshaw, Chair and Louise Shepherd, Chief Executive of Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Patient safety is paramount at Alder Hey and we welcome the CQC’s new monitoring process, which aims to make better use of a broad range of initiatives to assess performance and to help decide when, where and what to inspect.

That said, we are extremely disappointed and surprised to have been included in the CQC’s Band One list. We believe that the information published today is inaccurate and misleading, and we are seeking urgent clarification from the CQC.

The CQC’s most recent inspection of Alder Hey took place in January 2013 and found the Trust to be fully compliant. Today’s report raises no issues with patient safety, patient satisfaction or quality of care.

Rather, the three issues raised, from 150 indicators, relate to:

  • Data quality within Trust information supplied to the Health and Social Care Information Centre
  • Room for improvement in communication between staff and managers (based on the 2012 staff survey)
  • Two concerns raised by members of staff in the last year

The CQC has confirmed to us today that there are no current concerns in relation to patient safety at Alder Hey and Alder Hey is not part of the first wave of Trusts to be inspected by the CQC.

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