Spotlight Jennifer Hudson
28 December 2014, 07:35
The Chief Inspector for Hospitals in England is asking anyone who has been treated at Ipswich hospital in the last year to tell him about the care they received.
Professor Sir Mike Richards is inviting us to tell his inspection panel what we think of local health services to guide future inspections.
A full formal inspection of the trust is starting on January 6, where it will be given an overall rating under radical changes which have been introduced by the Care Quality Commission.
Sir Mike announced last year that he will lead significantly larger inspection teams than before, headed up by clinical and other experts including trained members of the public.
The inspectors will be at a listening event at the following venue on Tuesday, 6 January at 6.45pm to listen to patients
Hotel Novotel Ipswich Centre, Room: Gainsborough Suite 3 + 4, Grey Friars Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1UP
People are being encouraged to attend the events to tell the team about their experiences of care from the past year and to say where they want to see improvements made in the future as well as find out more about the inspection.
Sir Mike said: "The new inspections are designed to provide people with a clear picture of the quality of the services in their local hospital, exposing poor or mediocre care as well as highlighting the many hospitals providing good and excellent care.
"We know there is too much variation in quality - these new in-depth inspections will allow us to get a much more detailed picture of care in hospitals than ever before.
"Of course we will be talking to doctors and nurses, hospital managers and patients at the trust. But it is vital that we also hear the views of the people who have received care at the trust, or anyone who wants to share information with us. This will help us plan our inspection, and so help us focus on the things that really matter to people who depend on this service.
"This is your opportunity to tell the team what you think, and make a difference to the NHS services in the local area."