PERFORMANCE Details of the key areas the Keogh mortality rates review are investigating at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Foundation Trust have been published on the NHS Choices website.

The review team, which is being led by NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh, has published a unique set of ten key lines of enquiry (KLOE) for the Essex trust as part of a “tailored approach” to each of the 14 trusts under investigation  

Among the areas being probed at Basildon are its governance structure; what action it is taking on pressure ulcers and falls and the trust’s approach to ensuring there is adequate pharmacy support to the wards, including out of hours.

The document also asks: “What actions are the trust taking to improve mortality performance, particularly having had an ongoing issue with mortality over a number of years and a significant difference between weekday and weekend mortality? How does the Trust manage deteriorating patients?”

Publication of the documents follows the review team carrying out its “announced rapid responsive review visit” on the 7 and 8 May.

During the visit the review team interviewed a raft of senior staff including the chief executive, medical director and director of nursing as well as holding sessions with a variety of staff members and patients.

The document added that the team will make an “unannounced site visits” at later dates.

A raft of documents about the review are now available on the NHS Choices website