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Independent review by Dr Bill Kirkup

Following the Trust’s much-publicised problems between 2010-2014, a major independent review by Capsticks LLP was published in March 2016, which examined why those historic problems happened.

 

It concluded that the problems of the past were down to a series of poor decisions and an unsafe drive for savings over several years.

 

The report also found that the Trust has turned an important corner since changing direction almost three years ago, and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) report published in July also highlighted this progress.

 

In the summer, the Department of Health considered a request from Rosie Cooper MP for an independent clinical review to examine outcomes for patients and the external arrangements that were in place to monitor the Trust between 2010-2014.

 

NHS Improvement has now confirmed that Dr Bill Kirkup has been commissioned to conduct this further review, against the following terms of reference:

 

(1)  To review the outcomes for patients cared for by the Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust (the Trust) and its predecessor organisation from November 2010 to December 2014, with particular reference to serious incidents reported during the period, including pressure ulcers, and the provision of offender health services at HMP Liverpool.

 

(2)  To review the oversight of the Trust by NHS Trust Development Authority, NHS England, other regulators and commissioners including Liverpool CCG, South Sefton CCG, Southport and Formby CCG and their predecessor organisations. 

 

(3)  To review the response of NHS Trust Development Authority, NHS England, other regulators and commissioners including Liverpool CCG, South Sefton CCG, Southport and Formby CCG and their predecessor organisations to concerns arising from the operation of the Trust.

 

(4)  To make findings on the actions taken by and in relation to the Trust and their adequacy in safeguarding patient care.

 

(5)  To make recommendations on the lessons to be learned for the wider NHS.

 

This further review is something which we welcome as a Trust because openness about the past, however difficult, is the only way to secure a stronger future for our patients and services.

 

 

 

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