CPFT staff achieve one of the fastest turnarounds in history

CPFT out of breach with NHS regulator Monitor

CPFT staff achieve one of the fastest turnarounds in history
21 March 2013

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) has achieved one of the biggest turnarounds in NHS history, it was announced today.

Less than one year ago, Monitor, the NHS regulator, put CPFT in significant breach – meaning it had serious concerns about the way the Trust was being run. These concerns meant patients and staff lost confidence in the Trust and had concerns about the quality of care they were receiving.

Chief Executive Dr Attila Vegh, who has only been in post for 15 months, instigated a huge turnaround programme and said the news today was down to the enormous efforts by staff to drive improvements in care and restore confidence in patient opinion.

“This is a fantastic day for everyone who works at CPFT – from the most junior member of staff to the most senior executive. Every single person who works for this organisation has played a part in this amazing turnaround.

“It has been an extremely difficult year for everyone who works here. We have had to make some major changes. It has been a big learning curve for us all in the way we provide health care. But this has all been worth it. Twelve months ago, we could never have imagined we would be in this position today – and I have staff to thank for that.

“The Trust has had to identify and improve the way the organisation is being run. We have introduced new initiatives such as ‘Stop the Line’, which empowers staff at all levels to highlight patient safety issues and deal with them quickly; we have streamlined our divisions from five to three and taken out a layer of management, putting clinical staff at the forefront of decision-making at the Trust; our in-patient and community teams had to compile weekly reports on their performance, and we have appointed a new clinical leadership to drive the Trust forward.

“All of this means patients can now come to us with the confidence that we are providing the highest standards of care possible. Quality of care is the driving force in every one of us and today’s decision means we are another step closer to becoming one of the top five mental and community healthcare providers in the country.

“I want to thank staff, patients and carers. This is just the start. Today’s news will hopefully convey the message to everyone in this county – if any of you need to use our services now or in the future, you can be confident you are being treated by the best staff and receiving the best possible care.

CPFT Chairman David Edwards added: “I am delighted with Monitor’s decision. I too would like to thank all the staff for their remarkable contribution to the turnaround programme. This decision puts CPFT in a strong position to look to the future with confidence and optimism about the role we can play in providing health and social care services in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.”

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