Top NHS managers are helping Basildon Hospital

MANAGERS from London’s Royal Free Hospital came to Basildon Hospital yesterday to help their Essex counterparts find ways to improve patient care.

The visit came a month after Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced 11 failing hospitals were to be paired with more successful ones in an effort to turn their fortunes around.

Under the partnership officials from the Royal Free will regularly spend time on wards, talk to staff and listen to patients’ concerns.

Yesterday’s visit, by the Royal Free’s head of paediatric nursing and clinical lead for paediatrics is part of t h e effort t o raise standards at Basildon after it was placed into special measures in July.

It was deemed to be failing under the Keogh Review, which investigated death rates and other issues at Basildon and 13 other hospital trusts.

Basildon Hospital trust chief executive Clare Panniker will shortly begin meeting with Royal Free managers, including medical director Stephen Powis, director of nursing Deborah Sanders and chief executive David Sloman to draw up with a long-term improvement plan.

Mrs Panniker said: “We have a number of ideas about how we can work with them and have a number of enthusiastic staff, who want to go into the Royal Free to see what it does.

“I think it can learn from us as well. I see this as being a two-way partnership.”

As part of the drive for improvements, NHS troubleshooter Adam Cayley has also been hired by the trust and improvement manager.

Mr Cayley, who works for the health regulator, Monitor, is spending a day a week in Basildon.

He said: “This is a hospital which is improving, but if it does run into problems, I could spend more time here. I’m particularly looking at what the hospital is bringing in from the recommendations in the Keogh review. I want it to show the right changes are being implemented.

“Most of my time is being spent meeting staff and patients, but I’m not just going to turn up at A&E in the middle of the afternoon, because that's not the most productive use of my time.

“I’m also working closely with those with whom I already have existing relationships, such as the Care Quality Commission.”

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4:16pm Sun 13 Oct 13

Clifford Close says...

how much is this all costing?
how much is this all costing? Clifford Close
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4:37pm Sun 13 Oct 13

runwellian says...

Shame they don't visit other local hospitals that have had more 'never events' in a very short space of time than Basildon!

It really doesn't make sense that that a hospital not os many miles away allows patient to fall out of windows, is dirty, serves food on cardboard plates yet is deemed excellent when the care at Basildon is far superior! Basildon may have had it problems historically but why is it always being targeted when the other hospital near the seaside are let off the hook?

I feel Basildon is being unfairly targeted, all hospitals have their problems but I choose to go to Basildon when my local hospital is in walking distance of my home.

I would much rather have a drop of blood on a curtain than have my relative fall out of window in a hospital that is rated excellent!!
Shame they don't visit other local hospitals that have had more 'never events' in a very short space of time than Basildon! It really doesn't make sense that that a hospital not os many miles away allows patient to fall out of windows, is dirty, serves food on cardboard plates yet is deemed excellent when the care at Basildon is far superior! Basildon may have had it problems historically but why is it always being targeted when the other hospital near the seaside are let off the hook? I feel Basildon is being unfairly targeted, all hospitals have their problems but I choose to go to Basildon when my local hospital is in walking distance of my home. I would much rather have a drop of blood on a curtain than have my relative fall out of window in a hospital that is rated excellent!! runwellian
  • Score: 3

9:37am Mon 14 Oct 13

Vange Resident says...

runwellian wrote:
Shame they don't visit other local hospitals that have had more 'never events' in a very short space of time than Basildon! It really doesn't make sense that that a hospital not os many miles away allows patient to fall out of windows, is dirty, serves food on cardboard plates yet is deemed excellent when the care at Basildon is far superior! Basildon may have had it problems historically but why is it always being targeted when the other hospital near the seaside are let off the hook? I feel Basildon is being unfairly targeted, all hospitals have their problems but I choose to go to Basildon when my local hospital is in walking distance of my home. I would much rather have a drop of blood on a curtain than have my relative fall out of window in a hospital that is rated excellent!!
I worked for \Basildon Hospital for 7 years and they spent most of the time covering things up, I was told if I spoke out they would sack me... I spoke out and got sacked! They use fear and bullying to keep all those dirty little secrets hidden away... If only you knew the things they get up to!
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: Shame they don't visit other local hospitals that have had more 'never events' in a very short space of time than Basildon! It really doesn't make sense that that a hospital not os many miles away allows patient to fall out of windows, is dirty, serves food on cardboard plates yet is deemed excellent when the care at Basildon is far superior! Basildon may have had it problems historically but why is it always being targeted when the other hospital near the seaside are let off the hook? I feel Basildon is being unfairly targeted, all hospitals have their problems but I choose to go to Basildon when my local hospital is in walking distance of my home. I would much rather have a drop of blood on a curtain than have my relative fall out of window in a hospital that is rated excellent!![/p][/quote]I worked for \Basildon Hospital for 7 years and they spent most of the time covering things up, I was told if I spoke out they would sack me... I spoke out and got sacked! They use fear and bullying to keep all those dirty little secrets hidden away... If only you knew the things they get up to! Vange Resident
  • Score: 2

4:53pm Mon 14 Oct 13

runwellian says...

Vange Resident wrote:
runwellian wrote:
Shame they don't visit other local hospitals that have had more 'never events' in a very short space of time than Basildon! It really doesn't make sense that that a hospital not os many miles away allows patient to fall out of windows, is dirty, serves food on cardboard plates yet is deemed excellent when the care at Basildon is far superior! Basildon may have had it problems historically but why is it always being targeted when the other hospital near the seaside are let off the hook? I feel Basildon is being unfairly targeted, all hospitals have their problems but I choose to go to Basildon when my local hospital is in walking distance of my home. I would much rather have a drop of blood on a curtain than have my relative fall out of window in a hospital that is rated excellent!!
I worked for \Basildon Hospital for 7 years and they spent most of the time covering things up, I was told if I spoke out they would sack me... I spoke out and got sacked! They use fear and bullying to keep all those dirty little secrets hidden away... If only you knew the things they get up to!
... but do you know what goes on in other hospitals, do you think they are different, do you think they are any better?

Tribunals deal with unfair dismissal, so your story needs to be looked into more deeply!
I can only speak as I find, and it is very easy to judge home ground when you have nothing to compare it with ...
If you covered up things that were wrong, you are no better than the folk you criticise!
[quote][p][bold]Vange Resident[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: Shame they don't visit other local hospitals that have had more 'never events' in a very short space of time than Basildon! It really doesn't make sense that that a hospital not os many miles away allows patient to fall out of windows, is dirty, serves food on cardboard plates yet is deemed excellent when the care at Basildon is far superior! Basildon may have had it problems historically but why is it always being targeted when the other hospital near the seaside are let off the hook? I feel Basildon is being unfairly targeted, all hospitals have their problems but I choose to go to Basildon when my local hospital is in walking distance of my home. I would much rather have a drop of blood on a curtain than have my relative fall out of window in a hospital that is rated excellent!![/p][/quote]I worked for \Basildon Hospital for 7 years and they spent most of the time covering things up, I was told if I spoke out they would sack me... I spoke out and got sacked! They use fear and bullying to keep all those dirty little secrets hidden away... If only you knew the things they get up to![/p][/quote]... but do you know what goes on in other hospitals, do you think they are different, do you think they are any better? Tribunals deal with unfair dismissal, so your story needs to be looked into more deeply! I can only speak as I find, and it is very easy to judge home ground when you have nothing to compare it with ... If you covered up things that were wrong, you are no better than the folk you criticise! runwellian
  • Score: 1

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