Trust Rated as Inadequate by Watchdog
The Care Quality Commission identified several failings at the Trust in an investigation last year, such as staff not monitoring babies’ heart rates or misinterpreting the readings, or inappropriately grading women and babies, so those who needed intensive care were labelled “low harm”.
Although the CQC has acknowledged that improvements have been made since then, it continues to rate the Trust as inadequate.
Worryingly, the watchdog believes the problems at Nottingham could reflect a wider issue across the country, as 41% of maternity units are currently either rated as inadequate or need improvements.
What Does the Trust Say?
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has said improving maternity services is a “top priority”, and that it’s making significant changes, such introducing digital maternity records and hiring and training more midwives.
Tracy Taylor, chief executive of the Trust, said: “We apologise from the bottom of our hearts to the families who have not received the high level of care they need and deserve. We recognise the effects have been devastating.”
She added that it will continue listening to women and families “whether they have received excellent care or where care has fallen short”, as their experiences will “help us learn and improve our services”.