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Chief Executive's blog: 'Our CQC report is the most positive endorsement yet of all of our hard work'

Chief Executive's blog: 'Our CQC report is the most positive endorsement yet of all of our hard work'
02 February 2018

The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) announcement that it has raised our overall rating from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’ is the news that we’ve all hoped and worked for and a fantastic way to start the New Year. 

For the health and social care inspectorate to say we have improved our safety, effectiveness, responsiveness and leadership, while maintaining our ‘good’ standard of care, is the most positive endorsement possible of all of our hard work. 

Although there is more work to do, we’re on the right track, with 16 of our services rated ‘good’ and three ‘requiring improvement’. Two aspects of our services for people with learning disability and autism – care and responsiveness – are rated ‘outstanding’, the standard we aspire to achieve across all of our services. 

The Trust’s progress towards that goal will undoubtedly be helped by our governors, some of whom have just joined us following their recent success in our elections in the East Riding, Whitby and service user and carer constituencies. 

I’d like to welcome them all to the Trust and to thank them for their determination to help us improve and extend our services for people living in a geographical area which will soon extend from North Yorkshire to North and North East Lincolnshire. 

Our new governors and their colleagues will doubtless immerse themselves in the Trust’s life and events, including one which is likely to generate considerable attention: Developing a City of Research II, our second research and development conference. 

It will be a privilege for the Trust to welcome many healthcare experts who have kindly agreed to speak at the event, which is due to be held on 16 May at the Mercure Hull Grange Park Hotel in Willerby (see https://developing-a-city-of-research-ii-conference-ticket.eventbrite.co.uk for tickets). 

One of the most eminent will be Professor Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia and National Clinical Director for Mental Health in Older People, who will deliver one of two keynote speeches at the conference, scheduled to coincide with Dementia Awareness Week. 

The event will take place early in the new financial year, the culmination of what is certain to be an extremely hectic period for our Director of Finance, Peter Beckwith, and his team. Much of their effort continues to be devoted to working with you all to help achieve the Trust’s financial target. Let’s keep at it! Quality and finance go hand in hand. 

Thank you. I’m proud of all of you. 

Best wishes, 

Michele Moran

Chief Executive

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