PERFORMANCE: Hinchingbrooke Healthcare Trust had five cases of clostridium difficile in the first three months of this financial year against a full year target of six, the PCT cluster board heard.

‘The trust is at high risk of breaching its ceiling in 2012-13,’ the performance report concluded. Three cases in May are being treated as a period of increased incidence and investigated using the serious incident process. Gaps in practice have been identified, including rooms not being effectively cleaned after infected patients and side room doors being left open, and the trust has taken actions including additional staff training.