Following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission,
England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals has rated the Royal
Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust as
Good with Outstanding End of Life Care.
The rating highlights that both the Royal Liverpool Hospital and
Broadgreen University Hospitals are providing services that are
safe, caring, effective and well-led.
Inspectors reported that "there was a positive culture
throughout the trust. Staff were proud of the work they did and
proud of the services they provided."
The CQC recognised that care and treatment was delivered "by
caring, committed, and compassionate staff." They highlighted that
"Staff in all disciplines treated patients and those close to them
with dignity and respect."
End of Life Care has been identified as
The CQC highlighted the Trust's "comprehensive"
end of life vision and strategy for 2013- 2018. It was noted that
the Trust's vision was to deliver the highest quality healthcare
driven by world class research for the health and wellbeing of the
population. Inspectors highlighted the well-established and
well-staffed palliative care directorate which works closely with
other organisations to improve the quality of end of life services
The report recognised the role of the
Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool in driving forward
standards of care and compassion and our new Academic
Palliative Care Unit (APCU), which provides a 12-bedded unit for
patients who are at the end of life, was also praised.
The report highlighted numerous stories that demonstrated the
compassion, kindness and thoughtfulness of the staff delivering
care and treatment.
Aidan Kehoe, chief executive of the Royal Liverpool and
Broadgreen University Hospitals said: "The
overwhelmingly positive rating is fantastic news for the city; I am
pleased that the CQC witnessed the high standard of care that I see
from our staff on a daily basis. I would like to thank staff for
their commitment and dedication to ensuring the high standards of
care for patients in Liverpool.
The rating is a fitting testament to the vision, hard work,
professionalism and compassion of all our staff and volunteers
working across the hospital and reflects the long-term commitment
to delivering high quality health care.
The rating of outstanding for palliative and end of life care at
the Trust is excellent news for the people of Liverpool, who
benefit from the high level of care provided for both patients
and families at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University
Hospitals NHS Trust."
The full CQC report of the inspection can be found here:http://www.cqc.org.uk/provider/RQ6