PERFORMANCE: The clinical commissioning group responsible for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust believes the provider has made significant progress against its Keogh review actions, recent board papers state.

On 14 November, Blackpool CCG visited the trust as part of a quality assurance review. The purpose of the visit was to assess the provider’s response to Keogh review actions, and to assess the quality of maternity services, which were not inspected by Sir Bruce Keogh.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals chief executive Gary Doherty said: “I am delighted to report that the informal feedback from the review team was very positive.

“They found that we had made substantial progress in all the areas identified by the Keogh review and that these improvements had taken place at pace,” he said.

The trust expects to receive the formal report from the CCG in December. It will also be inspected in the second wave of the Care Quality Commission’s new inspection programme in January.