Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust has been rated “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after inspectors assessed its end of life care provision, services for children and young people, and sexual health services.
Inspectors gave the Trust the highest possible rating overall after appraising services on the basis of being safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs, and well-led.
Within end of life care inspectors found three “outstanding areas”. These were the implementation of a system-wide electronic individualised care plan for dying patients (ICPDP), which is being used by community services, the local acute hospital and the local hospice; a palliative care competency programme for registered nurses developed by the Luton and Bedfordshire palliative and end of life care education group; and the work of nurses aligned to local nursing homes to reduce admission rates to hospital for end of life patients.
Chief executive at the trust Matthew Winn said he was “incredibly proud” of receiving the rating. He said:
“Staff across the trust have worked hard to develop innovative and accessible services for local residents and this rating reflects their dedication and passion for delivering the very best outcomes for the communities we serve.
“I was delighted the CQC recognised what I witness all the time, that our staff are caring and compassionate in the way they provide care to local residents – all of our local teams have so much to be proud about.”
While the report was positive, the CQC also warned the Trust must ensure they had an “adequate number of nurses with the right mix of skills”.
To read the full CQC report visit Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust inspection report