• Community services in Sutton are all ‘good’.
  • Outpatient services no longer require improvement. 

A London trust specialising in cancer treatment has been rated as “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission.

The Royal Marsden Foundation Trust was rated “good” in January 2017 but now it is rated “outstanding” overall, after inspection visits in May and July.

The trust runs a central London hospital, the Royal Marsden, as well as a second hospital and community services in Sutton, a south London borough.

The CQC inspected the trust’s community services because the trust has re-registered them under a new name. The trust has provided the services in Sutton since 2011 but it re-registered in January 2017, before the last inspection report was published. The services were rated as “good”.

The regulator also inspected outpatient services at the Sutton hospital site because they were rated “requires improvement” at the last inspection. They are now “good” thanks to improvements in leadership and safety.

Inspectors upgraded the trust’s overall leadership to “outstanding” after visting the trust in July for a “well-led inspection”. The trust leadership improved “because the leadership, governance and culture” were used to drive improvements in “high quality person centred care”, the CQC said.