Class 7 - Independent Inspections

Class Description: Independent inspections and findings regarding the Trust.

Information regarding independent inspections, investigations and findings concerning the Trust.

We will not release the results of any inspection prior to the completion of the inspection process. Similarly we will not release any information pertaining to an investigation without the agreement of the inspecting organization.

Some information that is of a personal and confidential nature will be excluded from the publication of inspection reports, as will any other confidential material. Material relating to the health and safety of specific individuals, to law enforcement, criminal or regulatory investigatory material, or audit issues may also be excluded from publication.

The Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission is the independent inspection body for the NHS. It publishes reports on NHS organisations in England and Wales. They highlight where the NHS is working well and the areas that need improvement.

Clinical & Non-clinical Risk

The NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) is a Special Health Authority and thus part of the NHS. They indemnify NHS bodies in respect of both clinical negligence and non-clinical risks and have risk management programmes in place against which NHS Trusts are assessed.

Clinical Risk

The Trust has been assessed against Level 1 of the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST) Standards.

Non Clinical Risk

Controls Assurance is an important part of governance in the NHS. It exists to inform NHS boards about significant risks within the organisation for which they are responsible. Controls Assurance underpins the Duty of Quality. It is 'a process designed to provide evidence that NHS bodies are doing their reasonable best to manage themselves so as to meet their objectives and protect patients, staff, the public and other stakeholders against risks of all kinds' (HSC 1999/123).

Health Services Commissioner or Ombudsman

If a complaint to the Trust has not been resolved satisfactorily it can be referred to the Health Service Commissioner, or Ombudsman, who is independent of the NHS and the Government. However, the commissioner will not usually consider a complaint if there have not been steps to resolve the matter through the NHS Complaints Procedure.

Cancer Screening Programme

The aim of the nationally coordinated cancer screening programmes in England is to maintain minimum standards and to improve the performance of all aspects of screening. There is a programme of regular quality assurance visits to screening units to provide a means of assessing the performance of the screening programme and of professional competence within the programme.

Confidential Enquiries

The Trust assists and provides information to the following confidential enquiries:

  • National Confidential Enquiry into Perioperative Deaths (CEPOD)
  • National Confidential Enquiry into Stillbirths and Deaths in Infancy (CESDI)
  • National Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths (CEMD)