Care Quality Commission rates Local NHS Trust as Outstanding

England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals has praised Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

CQC inspected Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, which is responsible for the delivery of a number of services for children and adults across the county, between April and June this year and found it offered excellent care and treatment, particularly in its community sexual health services.

Inspectors witnessed areas of outstanding practice across the trust, including:

  • Innovative use of technology to enhance care for young people, including a text-based service to contact school nursing services and a digital platform offering information about health and healthy lifestyles
  • Effective engagement with patients and external healthcare professionals to improve understanding of sexual health
  • Successful working with health and social care partners to deliver effective palliative care

The Trust, which provides for services across the county including at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, St Ives Clinic and the Oak Tree Centre, is also rated as 'Outstanding' for whether its services are caring and well-led. It is rated 'Good' for being safe, effective and responsive. As a result, the trust is rated 'Outstanding' overall.

CQC’s chief inspector of hospitals, Professor Ted Baker, said: “We were impressed by the high-quality care and treatment we found at Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust.

Trust chief executive Matthew Winn said: “I am incredibly proud that the Care Quality Commission has rated our trust ‘Outstanding’.

“Staff across the trust have worked hard to develop innovative and accessible services for local residents and this rating reflects their dedication and passion for delivering the very best outcomes for the communities we serve.

“I was delighted the CQC recognised what I witness all the time, that our staff are caring and compassionate in the way they provide care to local residents - all of our local teams have so much to be proud about.”