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Chief Inspector of Hospitals finds significant improvement at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust

22 March 2019
Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust
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England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals has rated The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust as Good overall following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission. 

A team of inspectors visited the trust during October and November 2018 to check the quality of four core services - surgery, medicine, children and young people’s services and outpatients. CQC also looked specifically at management and leadership to answer the key question: Is the trust well-led?

As a result of this inspection the trust is now rated as Good for being caring, effective, responsive and well-led. The trust remains Requires Improvement for being safe. Overall, the trust has significantly improved from a Requires Improvement to a Good rating.

Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Ted Baker, said: “On our return to The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust we found a number of significant improvements had been made since our previous inspection. 

“Staff should be proud of the progress made and there was evidence of positive changes to organisational culture, quality improvement initiatives and innovative research projects.

“There were still a few challenges the trust faced such as limited provision for children with learning disabilities and behavioural needs. But, the trust was looking into implementing learning disabilities training for staff and appointing a learning disabilities nurse.

“We have reported all our findings back to the trust and the trust board knows what it must do to bring about further improvement. We will continue to monitor progress at the trust and this will include further inspections.”

Full details of CQC’s inspection, its ratings for the trust, including a ratings grid, are given in the report published online at:


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22 March 2019

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About the Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England.

We make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and we encourage care services to improve.

We monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and we publish what we find to help people choose care.