PERFORMANCE: The Care Quality Commission has rated Cambridgeshire Community Services Trust “good” but raised concerns about staff shortages.
An inspection report published this month said it was “pleased to find many areas of very good practice across all core service areas”.
CQC chief inspector of hospitals Sir Mike Richards said: “While areas for improvement have been highlighted to the leadership at the trust, overall [it] is a good trust providing caring, effective and responsive services that are well led.
“The trust knows what action it now needs to take to make any improvements.”
The CQC was “impressed by the clinical leadership in all services,” he added.
Trust chief executive Matthew Winn said he was “delighted” with the CQC’s findings overall, which were based on an inspection of the organisation which took place between 27 May and 7 June.
The inspection report however raised concerns about staffing shortages across the trust’s community and district nursing teams, although it acknowledged the trust was making strides towards resolving an issue it has long grappled with.
Inspectors said: “Some staff teams were stretched and unable to meet people’s needs in a timely way.
“District and community nurses from one area said that weekend cover was not sufficient, and staff did not have enough time for each patient.”
The added the trust “recognised the ongoing risks related to staffing levels,” and that recruitment was continuing. A “number of initiatives” introduced by the trust to attract new appointments “were beginning to show results,” it said.
Although there was a “clear picture of safety across most services,” inspectors noticed that “in isolated areas there were inadequate infection prevention and control procedures and medicines management”.
They found a “number of medicine omissions” on inpatient wards, which was being inadequately monitoring by staff.
The trust said it was implementing a comprehensive action plan across all inpatient wards to monitor and prevent medicines omissions.
It said it was working with commissioners to ensure its staffing levels are fully compliant by January 2015.