Healthcare Commission investigation

Healthcare Commission investigation

An inspection of NHS providers, which at first used star ratings, awarding zero, one, two or three stars based upon provider performance measured against clinical targets. As of 2006, the HCC performed annual “health checks” instead of giving stars, and examined a broader range of issues than targets alone. The health checks sought to focus on assessing the quality of healthcare services rather than on numbers and timeframes. The Healthcare Commission was absorbed by the Care Quality Commission in March 2009.

Healthcare Commission investigation purpose
• Establish the root cause of any failure in a trust or other healthcare organisation;
• Help that organisation to improve the quality of the healthcare it provides;
• Take action to build or restore public confidence in the services provided; and
• Help the organisation and the NHS learn lessons about how best to ensure patient safety.

Criteria for investigation
Serious failings with a negative impact on the safety of patients. Generally not a single incident, but can include:
• Higher number than anticipated or unexplained deaths or injury or harm;
• Events which put public confidence at risk;
• A pattern of adverse effects;
• A pattern of failures in services;
• Allegations of abuse, neglect or discrimination.
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"For years that did not occur, and even after the start of the Healthcare Commission investigation, conducted because of the realisation that there was serious cause for concern, patients were, in my view, left at risk with inadequate intervention until after the completion of that investigation a year later.
The hospital was later reported to the Department of Health, prompting a Healthcare Commission investigation which set out recommendations in a report in 2008.
His referral prompted a Healthcare Commission investigation but yesterday he said its report in 2008 found many recommendations had not been met.
"Following the Healthcare Commission Investigation and the subsequent action planning phase, Helen feels the time is now right to hand over nursing leadership to someone new.'' The latest inquiry into events at Stafford Hospital, chaired by Robert Francis QC, gets under way on November 2 at Stafford Technology Park.
Birmingham Children's Hospital, subject of a damning Healthcare Commission investigation this year, was picked out for cancelling too many operations and making too many desperately-ill heart patients wait over six months for treatment.
Ministers also highlighted the Healthcare Commission investigation which found appalling standards of care put patients at risk and led to some dying.
A Healthcare Commission investigation showed that the Trust made drastic cost-cutting moves in order to meet financial and Foundation status targets leading to appalling levels of care.
NEARLY 50 patient case notes from shamed Stafford Hospital are being independently reviewed following the Healthcare Commission investigation.
Mrs Denzo's death triggered a Healthcare Commission investigation and the unit was placed under special measures.
Mrs Denzo's death triggered a Healthcare Commission investigation and the north-west London unit was placed under special measures.
Ministers also highlighted the Healthcare Commission investigation which found that appalling standards of emergency care put patients at risk and led to some dying.
Nearly 50 patient case notes from Stafford Hospital are being independently reviewed following the Healthcare Commission investigation.
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