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County Councillors gain reassurance over the future of Colchester Hospital Trust

4 March 2016

Representatives from Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust and Essex County Council’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) met this week to discuss actions they are taking to improve the quality of services at the Trust.


he meeting was in response to concerns raised in a Care Quality Commission inspection report published in January which detailed improvements that the Trust needs to ensure it is consistently delivering care which is safe, effective, caring and responsive to people’s needs. 

Challenges that the Trust face include significant demand and capacity pressures and challenges in recruiting and retaining clinical staff.
Councillors were reassured to hear that improvements are being implemented as quickly and effectively as possible and that changes in practices and processes will be sustained.

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust leaders want the changes being made to be driven and led by the clinicians and nurses so that new ways of working are accepted throughout the organisation and embedded in to the culture of the Trust. In addition, the Trust intends to increase recruitment of substantive nursing and medical staff and reduce the reliance on agency staff.

HOSC Vice Chairman Cllr Andy Wood, chaired the meeting and said:
“On behalf of local residents and service users we want to be a critical friend and explore with the Trust what its plans are to improve services. We all want to see the Trust recover from criticism and provide high quality services for everyone in the future.”

The meeting was held in public and an audio recording of the discussion is available from the Essex County Council website: