Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hospital's Staff 'Too Busy' for Training

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hospital's Staff 'Too Busy' for Training

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Byline: Kali Lindsay Reporter kali.lindsay@trinitymirror.com @KALIALINDSAY

THEATRE staff at the University Hospital of North Durham failed to attend mandatory training because they were too busy, according to a damning report.

During an unannounced visit, inspectors examined the surgical team's training records and found overall compliance with mandatory training within the service was 51% - against a target of 95%.

The service had its rating downgraded from 'good' to 'requires improvement' following the inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

Overall the rating for services provided by County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust remained unchanged from a previous inspection in 2015 as 'requires improvement'.

Inspectors found that despite action being taken, at trust level, regarding never events - a serious event that is entirely preventable - there was need for further learning to be embedded to keep patients safe.

But medical care, including older people, had improved.

Doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals were supporting each other to provide care, with all staff working together as a team.

Inspectors, who visited the hospital between September 12 and October 20 last year, could see procedures to protect vulnerable adults or children were well embedded.

The team also visited Darlington Memorial Hospital which was also given an overall rating of Requires Improvement - the same as 2015.

Ellen Armistead, Deputy Chief Inspector, Hospitals for the North, said to see a deterioration in surgery was a concern.

She added: "Since our last inspection at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, in February 2015, the rating for trust has remained the same at Requires Improvement.

"We did see some improvement at Darlington; maternity services and leadership and medical care at Durham.

"It was encouraging to note that the leadership had improved across the trust, due to the implementation of the recommendations from the 2015 report. …

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