PERFORMANCE: Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust has improved its patient safety record, according to regulators.   

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found that there had been an improvement in use of the World Health Organisation surgical checklist, a key measure of safety in operating theatres, during an unannounced inspection of the hospitals.

The CQC said the trust met all three standards during an inspection on 10 December 2012. The standards are:

  • care and welfare of people who use services
  • safeguarding people who use services from abuse
  • assessing and monitoring the quality of service provision.

The inspection follows the trust becoming the biggest organisation yet to be found in “significant breach” of its terms of authorisation by Monitor in November.

The prestigious teaching hospital failed to meet a raft of targets including for cancer treatment and accident and emergency waiting times.