We are delighted to share the results of the recent CQC inspection where Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust improved their quality ratings for a range of services inspected across four of the Trust’s hospitals in February 2019, including awarding the first ‘outstanding’ rating for a maternity unit in London – at both Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea and St Mary’s hospitals. The result reflects care in both private and NHS services.

The improved ratings mean that Queen Charlotte’s also becomes the first of the Trust’s hospitals to be rated as ‘outstanding’ overall. The other hospitals – and the Trust overall – will stay at their current ratings until further services have been inspected.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has also improved its rating for how ‘well-led’ the Trust is overall following a separate inspection in April 2019 – up from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’.

In addition, NHS Improvement inspected how well the Trust uses its resources to provide high quality and sustainable care for patients for the first time in February 2019 and has given a rating of ‘good’.Overall ratings for services at each site that were inspected by the CQC in February 2019, compared with their previous inspection of these services, are as follows:

Critical care at Charing Cross – ‘good’, an improvement from ‘requires improvement’ in 2014

Critical care at Hammersmith – ‘good’, an improvement from ‘requires improvement’ in 2014

Children and young people services at Hammersmith – ‘good’, an improvement from ‘requires improvement’ in 2014

Maternity at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea– ‘outstanding’, an improvement from ‘good’ in 2014

Children and young people services at St Mary’s – ‘good’, the same rating as 2014

Critical care at St Mary’s – ‘good’, the same rating as 2014

Maternity at St Mary’s– ‘outstanding’, an improvement from ‘requires improvement’ in 2017

Neonatal services at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea – ‘good’, an improvement from ‘requires improvement’ in 2014

Commenting on the CQC report, chief executive Professor Tim Orchard, said: “I’m delighted that inspectors have recognised the real progress we have made, both in terms of the quality of care we offer as well as the way our organisation is led. We have much more we want and need to do but this is fantastic news for our staff, partners and patients and reflects a huge amount of hard work and commitment.”

You can view the full report on the CQC website.