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The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust rated as Good by CQC

8 July 2016
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  • Hospitals

The Chief Inspector of Hospitals has rated The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust in Islington, North London, as Good overall, with caring at the trust rated as Outstanding.

The Care Quality Commission’s team of inspectors visited the trust, which operates under the name of Whittington Health, in December 2015. They found staff to be highly committed to the trust and that they delivered high quality patient care.

CQC Inspectors carried out an announced inspection between 8 and 11 December 2015 and also undertook unannounced visits on 14, 15 and 17 December.

Most core services most were rated Good, although critical care and outpatients and diagnostics were rated as Requires Improvement. Community end of life care and community dental services were rated as Outstanding.

The Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, said:

“We saw several areas of outstanding practice at Whittington Hospital. We saw staff provided compassionate care and patients were positive about the care they received and felt staff treated them with dignity and respect.

“Within the emergency department there was outstanding work to protect people from abuse. The lead consultant and nurse for safeguarding coordinated weekly meetings attended by relevant staff to discuss cases where they were concerned that people may be at risk and to make plans to keep them safe.

“Within community end of life care we found the service provided outstanding, effective services to children, young people and their families. We saw examples of very good multidisciplinary working and effective partnerships with the local GPs, other providers and hospices.

“However, there were some areas of poor practice where the trust needs to make improvements. It must review bed capacity across medicine, surgery and critical care to ensure patients are appropriately placed within the correct specialism.”

Following the inspection, the trust has been asked to provide a plan setting out how it will address the improvements which have been identified. CQC will continue to monitor the trust’s performance and return in due course to check progress.

You can read the report here from Friday 8 July


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Last updated:
29 May 2017

Notes to editors


Whittington Hospital Trust was established in April 2011 bringing together Islington and Haringey community services with Whittington Hospital’s acute services to form a new Integrated Care Organisation. The trust provides acute and community services to 500,000 people living in Islington and Haringey as well as other London boroughs including Barnet, Enfield, Camden and Hackney.


The hospital has approximately 320 beds, and is registered across three locations registered with CQC: Whittington Hospital (includes community services), Hanley Primary Care Centre (GP practice and community centre) and St Luke's Hospital (Simmons House) multidisciplinary MH service for 13-18 year olds with emotional and mental health problems.


There is a link to the report (which is also embargoed until Friday 8 July) at the end of this press release.


About the Care Quality Commission

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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.