Mark Cubbon, Chief Executive of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust commented:
“Today the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published their findings following a comprehensive inspection of our Trust in April and May. We entirely accept the findings and are grateful to the CQC for ensuring we continue our focus on those areas where we are required to improve our services for patients. To read their report in its entirety, click here: https://www.cqc.org.uk/provider/RHU
It is evident that good progress has been made but we recognise that there remains more work for us to do. We acknowledge that we need to go further in some areas to deliver the step change needed to deliver the consistently high quality care that our patients expect and indeed deserve.
Some of the challenges the Trust faces are longstanding issues that have been well documented over a number of years. Since joining as Chief Executive I have been clear that these will not be transformed overnight. This report illustrates the long term nature of the task and is a fair and honest reflection of where we are after one year.
Following the CQC’s focused inspection in 2017 the Trust was rated ‘inadequate’ in six areas. Today‘s report reduces this number to just one and reflects the hard work and commitment undertaken by all of our staff. None of us want a situation where any of our services are considered inadequate, and our focus must now be on addressing the outstanding areas of concern and continuing to build on the steady progress already made.
We are extremely proud that some of our services are recognised as being excellent in their field. This has been reflected by the CQC in their rating of our critical care team as outstanding across all domains. It is now the task of our Board to drive our improvements at pace and empower and enable our staff to replicate this across all services.”