Just two months after being branded as ‘requiring improvement’ the Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is getting a new boss.
Ex-nurse Sarah Tedford, who has more than 30 years’ experience, will take up her new role as Chief Executive of the Trust, which runs Mount Vernon Hospital, in November.
Following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission in July, a report revealed major concerns over safety and infection control, staffing levels and outdated patient records. The Trust rated just three of the 12 core services as good.
However Inspectors said: “Staff treated patients and their families with dignity, kindness and respect. We observed positive and compassionate interactions between staff and patients.”
The report stated that: “Staff provided emotional support, involved them and those close to them in decisions about their care and treatment.” They also said that: “Patients felt involved in the decision making”.
Trust Chair, Richard Sumray said: “The Board is delighted to announce Sarah’s appointment and is pleased to have secured someone of her calibre for the role. Her extensive knowledge of the NHS and depth of experience will be invaluable in helping to steer the Trust through the challenging times ahead.”
Sarah said: “I’m excited about leading the organisation’s passionate and motivated teams in continuing to improve health services for local people.
“I’m also greatly looking forward to working with colleagues across the wider healthcare system to help shape future health and care services for the borough of Hillingdon.”
On its website the Trust states: “The report has identified areas where we need to focus our attention. Our responsibility is to improve services to our patients and the focus at all levels of the organisation in the months ahead will be to do just that.”
“This will include learning from the good practices that do exist in many parts of the hospital, as noted by the CQC. A number of plans have already been put into place since we received a requirement notice from the CQC in May and others will follow.”