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Weston Park Hospital

Overall: Requires improvement read more about inspection ratings

Whitham Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S10 2SJ (0114) 226 5000

Provided and run by:
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

All Inspections

12 to 14 June and 11 to 13 July 2018

During a routine inspection

Our rating of the hospital stayed the same. We rated the hospital as requires improvement because we rated the domains of effective and well-led as requires improvement. However, we rated caring and responsive as outstanding and we rated safe as good.

07 to 11 and 23 December 2015

During a routine inspection

We inspected Weston Park Hospital as part of the inspection of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from 7 to 11 December 2015. We undertook an unannounced inspection on 23 December 2015. We carried out this inspection as part of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) comprehensive inspection programme.

We did not inspect radiotherapy services during this inspection.

Overall, we rated Weston Park Hospital as requires improvement. We rated safe, effective and responsive as requires improvement. We rated well-led as good and caring as outstanding.

We rated outpatients and diagnostics as outstanding. Medical care and end of life care were rated as requires improvement.

Our key findings were as follows:

  • The environment at Weston Park Hospital was in need of updating. A planned refurbishment programme had commenced and staff and patients had been involved in developing these plans. This would improve the environment for patients.
  • There were no Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) infections attributed to the medical wards in this service between March and September 2015. Two cases of Clostridium difficile (C.diff) reported by the trust between March and September 2015 were attributable to the medical wards.
  • The trust implemented an infection control accreditation programme which set standards for infection prevention and control practices. All the areas we inspected were part of the trust infection control accreditation programme and there was evidence of audits meeting the required standards for accreditation to be maintained.
  • There were appropriate levels of nursing in outpatient and diagnostic service. However, on the wards, nursing staffing levels were frequently below the planned level with many shifts having fewer registered nurses than required on duty.
  • Medical cover at night was provided by the Hospital at Night team based at the nearby Royal Hallamshire Hospital.
  • Patient’s nutritional needs were assessed. The service had worked closely with dietitians and the hospital catering team to ensure that meals were served at a time that suited the patients. Audits identified that fluid balance charts were not compliant and an action plan was in place to address this.
  • Patient’s pain was assessed and pain relief provided promptly.
  • The wards were not dementia friendly in layout or environment. No staff had been identified as dementia champions on the medical wards in accordance with the trust strategy.
  • There were some mixed gender facilities for toileting and bathing.
  • We were concerned about the use of the teenage and young adult unit for other patients who required an acute bed.
  • There was no clear strategy for end of life care and trust guidelines had not been implemented at Weston Park Hospital.
  • Patients preferred place of care was not monitored for patients at the end of life.
  • We found excellent examples of multidisciplinary team (MDT) working in both radiology and OP services. MDT working underpinned service development and effective care delivery.
  • We found that staff caring for patients and their families, treated them with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.
  • A microsystems quality improvement project was being piloted on Ward 3 and staff were optimistic this would bring positive changes.

We saw several areas of outstanding practice including:

  • Within outpatients and diagnostic services, we saw numerous examples that showed staff respected and valued patients as individuals and empowered them as partners in their care.
  • The directorate hosted the ‘Devices for Dignity (D4D) Healthcare Co-operative’. This is a national initiative to drive forward innovative products processes and services to help people with long-term conditions’. The Devices for Dignity (D4D) Healthcare Co-operative’ had been recognised with a number of awards including 2012 Advancing Healthcare Awards and Allied Health Professionals and Healthcare Scientist and Leading Together on Health Award.
  • The development of the Sheffield 3D imaging lab was unique to the NHS and provided improved quality of scans and detail of brain tumour growth. Images were processed quicker, in seconds rather up to an hour, saving time and money. The 3D lab was a finalist in the Yorkshire and Humber Medipex NHS Innovation awards.
  • In addition to walk in services for general plain film imaging GP’s can refer patients directly for CT, MRI, ultrasound, fluoroscopy and other specialised imaging examinations.
  • There was a state of the art Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Licenced Radiopharmacy, serving all of the trusts locations.
  • Nuclear medicine staff were finalists in the Medipex NHS innovation awards 2014 after developing a new system for diagnosing debilitating digestive disorder that freed up the gamma camera, so reducing patient waiting times.
  • Pet therapy had recently been introduced on Ward 3 and staff told us this was well received by patients.
  • There was a multidisciplinary malignant spinal cord compression project group in the service to improve the care of patients with this serious condition. The service informed us that the project had been reviewed through audit, service evaluation, staff and patient experience surveys. The team were shortlisted in the Patient Safety Awards Cancer Care Category in 2015.
  • The teenage cancer unit had a number of innovations which had been paid for out of charitable funds. These included a ‘couples retreat’ for end of life patients and their partners. They could spend time away from home and explore issues about coming to the end of life.
  • Art therapy had also been used as a way of communication on the teenage cancer unit for young people nearing the end of life.

However, there were also areas of poor practice where the trust needs to make improvements.

Importantly, the trust must:

  • Ensure there are sufficient numbers of suitably qualified, competent, skilled and experienced staff on duty.
  • Ensure proper systems are in place to ensure the safe management of medications.
  • Ensure there is a clear strategy for the end of life care, which is implemented and monitored.
  • Ensure that staff implement individualised, evidence based care for patients at the end of life.
  • Person centred care and treatment must be appropriate, meet patient’s needs and reflect their preferences.
  • Ensure that DNACPR records are fully completed.

In addition the trust should:

  • The hospital should improve the environment and the skills of staff to ensure that the needs of people living with dementia are met.
  • The hospital should improve the completeness of patient records. In particular, the nursing care plans and review of patient risk.
  • Level of compliance with mandatory training need to be improved, in particular, basic life support for adults and paediatrics and safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.
  • The hospital should develop standard procedures for completing interventional radiology non-surgical safety checklists for all staff to follow.
  • The hospital should undertake regular audits of patient electronic records to ensure consistency in the completion of MRI safety checklist and pregnancy checks.
  • The trust should identify and monitor patients preferred place of care or death in order to meet the individual’s needs and to improve or develop services.
  • The trust should continue to implement IT systems to enable staff to access accurate and timely information.
  • The trust should review the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) policy.
  • The trust should monitor access to records in the outpatient departments.

Professor Sir Mike Richards

Chief Inspector of Hospitals

19, 20 September 2013

During a routine inspection

In preparation for this inspection we reviewed all the information we hold about this location. We contacted Healthwatch Sheffield, Monitor and NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group.

During our visit we spoke with 32 members of staff including the trust executive team, senior managers, matrons, medical staff, support workers, domestic staff and students.

We spoke with 24 people using the service and seven relatives. We also reviewed 15 sets of care records and 6 sets of staff files. We visited the day case centre (DCC), ward 2 which incorporated the assessment unit (WPAU) and ward 3 which incorporated the teenage cancer unit (TCU).

All of the people using the service and relatives that we spoke with were happy with the hospital and spoke of a high level of care. A comment included, 'It's absolutely brilliant.'

People told us that they were satisfied with their care and treatment. People told us that they felt well looked after. A comment included 'They (the staff) are marvellous. Angels without wings.'

Most people we spoke with felt there were enough staff to deal with the care needs of all of the people in the hospital. A comment included 'I can only speak for myself, but I've always had help when I've needed it.'

We found that people using the service, their relatives and staff were asked for their views about care and treatment and they were acted upon. We found that there were appropriate systems in place for monitoring quality and managing risk.