STRUCTURE: The trust’s progress towards foundation trust status was red rated in June for the second month running, latest NHS North of England board papers show.

A provider development update to the strategic health authority cluster’s July board meeting states that the “basis for this red rating is that there are significant concerns related to both performance” and the trust’s delivery of its tripartite formal agreement.

“The review and report instigated by the SHA called into question the achievability of the trust’s TFA and recommended the trust re-consider this. It has been shared with the trust’s CEO and chairman, who have now responded,” it continues. “A meeting is taking place with the SHA on 25 June 2012.
It notes that the “trust has had 4 cases of MRSA against a plan for the year of 1, and 7 cases of C difficile against a YTD plan of 3”.

NHS Merseyside has initiated formal steps following reports in the April data of 3 MRSA bacteraemias. It continues: “The trust indicates that its negative trajectory YTD for C difficile is due to not ‘front loading’ the trajectory as was suggested by NHS Merseyside.
“The trust did not meet its A&E 95% target for April & May. However, as of 12 June the trust is cumulatively over 95% for the quarter and is therefore expected to achieve for Q1.

“The Stroke TIA indicator has not been achieved. This is a provisional result. It is based on 2 patients out of 5 not achieving the target. Action plans are being progressed and a TIA co-ordinator is in place to support the achievement of this target.”