A trust that exited special measures in 2015 and was at the centre of a high profile maternity care scandal has now been rated good by the Care Quality Commission.

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust was rated outstanding in the caring domain and requires improvement for safety.

Royal Lancaster Infirmary

Royal Lancaster Infirmary

The trust was rated good for its leadership, effectiveness and responsiveness

The trust has been recovering from care failings that caused the avoidable deaths of at least 11 babies and one mother.

It received good ratings for its leadership, effectiveness and responsiveness, as the result of an inspection in October.

Trust chief executive Jackie Daniel said: “The outcome of our CQC inspection is terrific news for staff, our partners in the Bay, and most importantly for the patients and the people who use our services.

“As a trust board, we are extremely proud of what our staff have achieved. Every single day, they have worked with energy, commitment and determination to improve, and it is because of them and the involvement of our partners and the local communities, that we have achieved such a fantastic improved rating.”

The trust was rated inadequate and put in special measures after an inspection in 2014. Its rating was upgraded to requires improvement following a visit in 2015, which enabled it to be lifted out of the regime.

The CQC said there have been significant improvements across most services since its last inspection, particularly in maternity and gynaecology, and end of life services.

The regulator also highlighted a number of “outstanding examples” of compassionate care in medical, critical care and end of life services.

It said improvements are still needed in urgent and emergency care, and services for children and young people.

The trust still has severe financial difficulties and is in the process of forming an “accountable care organisation” as part of the national new care models vanguard programme.