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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 5 February 2014
Date of Publication: 4 March 2014
Inspection Report published 04 March 2014 PDF


Inspection carried out on 5 February 2014

During an inspection looking at part of the service

Calderdale Royal Hospital is part of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT). The hospital was built for CHFT under the auspices of the governments private finance initiative (PFI). PFI is a way of creating public/private partnerships by funding public buildings with private capital.

When we carried out an inspection of the Calderdale Royal Hospital in August 2013 we found improvements were needed relating to the safety and suitability of premises. We made this visit to see what actions had been taken.

Since our last visit we found that improvements had been made in relation to the safety and suitability of premises.

We spoke with the Trusts Director of Planning Performance Estates & Facilities and they told us since our last visit attempts to recruit a permanent Chartered Engineer to support them had not been successful. However as an interim measure a Consultant Chartered Engineer had been employed full time until a permanent replacement is recruited. We saw from the information provided the trust had re-advertised for an Assistant Director of Estates & Facilities of a Chartered Engineering status on 17th January 2014.

During the visit we looked at a range of written evidence and undertook a physical inspection of the endoscopy suite and one recently upgraded ward. We also gathered evidence using a combination of, interviews and meetings with a number of managers and clinical staff from the trust and private partnerships. They included the Trusts Director of Planning Performance Estates & Facilities, Consultant Chartered Engineer, Acting Head of Estates Operations, Compliance and Service Performance Manager, Estates and Facilities Matron and nursing staff. Representatives from the trusts private partnerships included the Deputy General Manager Calderdale Special Purpose Company, Head of Estates and Estates Manager.

Overall the meetings with the managers and staff were positive and everyone we spoke with was open honest and frank about the actions the trust had taken to improve the safety and suitability of the premises. The Director of Planning Performance Estates & Facilities showed us evidence to demonstrate that a suitable management and communication structure that adequately addressed roles and responsibilities between the trust and their private Estates & Facilities partners were in place.