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Share your experience about Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

20 April 2015
  • Media,
  • Hospitals

England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals is inviting members of the public to tell his inspection panel what they think of the services provided by Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Their views and experiences will help inspectors decide what to look at when they inspect the services provided by the Trust in April this year.

The Trust was placed into special measures following the Keogh review in July 2013 and remained in special measures following the CQC Chief Inspector of Hospitals’ inspection in May 2014. The Trust was given an overall rating of ‘Inadequate’ following that inspection, under radical changes which have been introduced by the Care Quality Commission.

The Chief Inspector, Professor Sir Mike Richards, announced that he will lead significantly larger inspection teams than before, headed up by clinical and other experts including trained members of the public.

This follow up inspection of the Trust will start on 28 April 2015 and will focus on previous findings. The inspection team are particularly interested in hearing the local public’s experiences since the previous inspection but also to say where they would like to see improvements made in the future.

Anyone who wishes to give their views to the inspection team can also do this by:

The Inspection Team will be speaking to patients when on site during the course of the inspection to get their views.

Sir Mike said:

"The new inspections are designed to provide people with a clear picture of the quality of the services in their local hospital, exposing poor or mediocre care as well as highlighting the many hospitals providing good and excellent care.

"We know there is too much variation in quality – these new in-depth inspections will allow us to get a much more detailed picture of care in hospitals than ever before.

"Of course we will be talking to doctors and nurses, hospital managers and patients in the hospital. But it is vital that we also hear the views of the people who have had care at any of the hospitals run by the trust, or anyone else who wants to share information with us. This will help us plan our inspection, and so help us focus on the things that really matter to people who depend on this service.

“This is your opportunity to tell me and my team what you think, and make a difference to NHS services in the local area.”

Sir Mike's inspection team is expected to look in detail at A&E, Medicine, Surgery, Out-patients, and critical care. A full report of the inspectors’ findings will be published by the Care Quality Commission later in the year. The Trust will be one of the first to be given one of the following ratings: Outstanding, Good, Requiring improvement, or Inadequate.


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Last updated:
29 May 2017

Notes to editors


Anyone who wishes to give their views to the inspection team can do this by:

Special measures is a support plan to help the Trust improve its service delivery. Since 1 April, providers have been required to display their ratings on their premises and on their websites so that the public can see their rating quickly and easily. For further information on the requirement for providers to prominently display their CQC ratings, please visit:


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.