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Issue:- Thursday, 4 August 2016

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CQC rate Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

FOLLOWING an inspection by the Care Quality Commission, England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals has rated the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust as:- 'Good with Outstanding End of Life Care.' The rating highlights that both the Royal Liverpool Hospital and Broadgreen University Hospitals are providing services that are safe, caring, effective and well led.  Inspectors reported that:- "there was a positive culture throughout the trust. Staff were proud of the work they did and proud of the services they provided." The CQC recognised that care and treatment was delivered:- "by caring, committed, and compassionate staff." They highlighted that:- "Staff in all disciplines treated patients and those close to them with dignity and respect."  Particular areas of outstanding practice identified by the CQC include:-

End of Life Care - "outstanding" end of life care - The CQC highlighted its "comprehensive" end of life vision and strategy for 2013 to  2018. It was noted that the Trusts vision was to deliver the highest quality healthcare driven by world class research for the health and wellbeing of the population. Inspectors highlighted our well established and well staffed palliative care directorate which works closely with other organisations to improve the quality of end of life services in Merseyside. It's new Academic Palliative Care Unit (APCU), which provides a 12 bedded unit for patients who are at the end of life, was also praised.

►  Emergency Department - Inspectors highlighted our collaborative work with local support groups and charities to provide services for sections of the population such as homeless and victims of domestic abuse. The CQC also noted its work and out reach programme with local schools on the dangers of knife crime.

►  Critical Care - Critical care guidance that, once approved, would be adopted across both the local and national critical care networks (application of the Mental CapaCity Act 2005 and associated deprivation of liberty safeguards in the critical care setting).

►  Information Technology - They also found innovative and collaborative working highlighted in the use of enhanced IT systems which are used to monitor and track the most unwell and vulnerable patients.

In palliative and end of life care services, the report highlighted numerous stories that demonstrated the compassion, kindness and thoughtfulness of the staff delivering care and treatment. Whilst the report highlighted many positives, it also highlighted some areas where they can improve upon. Bed occupancy rates trust wide, delayed transfers of care and discharges continue to have an impact on the management of patient care throughout the Hospital.  Aidan Kehoe, chief executive of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals said:- "The overwhelmingly positive rating is fantastic news for the city; I am pleased that the CQC witnessed the high standard of care that I see from our staff on a daily basis. I would like to thank staff for their commitment and dedication to ensuring the high standards of care for patients in Liverpool. The rating is a fitting testament to the vision, hard work, professionalism and compassion of all our staff and volunteers working across the Hospital and reflects the long term commitment to delivering high quality health care.  We received outstanding feedback from a number of our services including; the collaborative working in the emergency department; quality of care from our end of life services and best practice and innovative ways of working within critical care. The rating of outstanding for palliative and end of life care at the Trust is excellent news for the people of Liverpool, who benefit from the high level of care provided for both patients and families at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust. Whilst the report highlighted many positives it is important to address areas we can improve. Our bed occupancy rates trust wide, delayed transfers of care and discharges continue to have an impact on the flow of patients throughout the hospital; this is something we are working closely with health and social care colleagues to improve, ahead of our move to the new Royal."

The full CQC report of the inspection can be found online.

Examples of the great care from our staff can be viewed on YouTube.

Top gardeners return for 2016 show

THE organisers of the Southport Flower Show have announced that household gardening names Christine Walkden and Joe Swift will be returning for the 2016 show.  Christine is the resident gardening expert on the BBC One Show and Joe Swift is a regular presenter on Gardeners' World. Ray Roukin, general manager of Southport Flower Show said:- "We are really pleased to be welcoming Joe and Christine back to the show next year. They were a real hit with our visitors during the 2015 show and they are true experts in the field of horticulture."

Southport Flower Show is the biggest independent flower show in the country attracting more than 50,000 visitors a year. The 2016 show will have a Mediterranean theme and the entertainment, food and show gardens will all feature elements of what is the very best in Mediterranean design, cuisine and culture. Ray Roukin added:- "We have a packed programme of events with some great spectacles, entertainment and experiences for the 2016 show, all with a Mediterranean theme. Added to which we'll have everything visitors to the show expect, including celebrity chef demonstrations, gourmet food stalls, live music, stunning show gardens and one of the biggest outdoor shopping experiences in the North West."

The 4 day event starts on Thursday, 18 August and runs until Sunday, 21 August 2016, with thousands of visitors expected to attend.  For more information and to book tickets visit:- SouthportFlowerShow.Co.UK.

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