West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust Board Meeting in public 15th January 2015
New Chief Executive appointed: This was the last Board Meeting which Samantha Jones would attend as Chief Executive of the West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust (WHHT). She left after this Board Meeting to take up a post with NHS England. She reported that WHHT is a work in progress but that the transformation work will continue to progress in the right direction under the auspices of the new Chief Executive, Ms. Jac Kelly MBE, who joins WHHT from the North Devon NHS Trust.
“Operation Onion”: This communication strategy was introduced by Samantha Jones. It was highly commended in the November Health Service Journal (HSJ) awards. It achieved a 25% reduction in hospital mortality since being introduced and a 40% reduction in cases of hospital acquired Clostridium Difficile.
The Care Quality Commission 2014 survey of Accident & Emergency Departments: Between January and March 2014 the CQC surveyed the 142 Acute Trusts with A&E departments. Its results were published on December 2nd 2014. WHHT scored “average” in all categories with “above average” in 5 subcategories. NHS Trusts are currently listed for inspection by the CQC in band priority, with Band 1 being “highest priority” to Band 6, the lowest priority. WHHT is in Band 4 (an improvement on its previous placing in Band 3) and the Trust is scheduled for full CQC inspection on 13th April 2015.
Bluebell Ward, the specialist dementia ward at Watford General hospital: Congratulations are due! This ward won an NHS Employers “Compassion in Practice” award in December 2014.
Finances: WHHT is projecting a £14 million deficit at the year end in March although this figure includes a promised £7 million cash sum from the Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group toward the WHHT “Transformation” Fund. If this promised amount is not forthcoming (HVCCG has cash problems of its own) the WHHT deficit will be £21 million. The HVCCG meeting is on 29th January 2015.
Survey on local NHS and social care services: There is currently a survey in which patients, staff and public are being invited to have their say on the way in which local NHS and social care services are provided. The survey, which is quite short, is available on www.yourcareyourfuture.org.uk. The closing date for responses is 31st January 2015.