The ratings for maternity services at Liverpool’s Women’s Hospital went down following a recent nationwide review of maternity services by midwife, Donna Ockenden. The review took place in January 2023 and the hospital was given an overall rating of ‘requires improvement’.
The main findings of the report were as follows:
- The management and leadership team did not always understand and manage the immediate priorities and issues faced by the service
- Governance processes were not always managed effectively
- Not all staff felt respected, supported and valued. Some staff had raised concerns about safety, but they saw no quick action or improvement. Staff also said that they didn’t always receive feedback when reporting an incident.
- Leaders and teams did not always use systems to manage performance effectively. Risks and issues were not always identified and escalated.
- Although the trust collected and analysed data, it did not always act on it in a timely manner. Fore example, it was found that the trust had insufficient resource to support blood transfusion, and this had not been acted on for a long period of time.
- Planned staffing levels were not always adhered to which made the unit feel unsafe. There was found to be variable compliance with sepsis treatment and compliance was only 50% at the time of the inspection.
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