CQC inspection of University Hospital Birmingham NHS foundation trust (UHB) – HQIP statement

Published: 03 Mar 2016

The Guardian have today published online an article concerning University Hospital Birmingham NHS foundation trust (UHB) cardiac unit’s mortality data. The article mentions the  decision by HQIP to bring the data to the attention of the CQC.

Commenting on the Guardian article, Professor Danny Keenan, HQIP medical director, said

“When it appeared the required steps for responding to concerns were not being taken by the Trust, HQIP, working with the audit provider NICOR (National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research), escalated those concerns to the CQC as regulator. As that CQC review is ongoing, HQIP do not wish to comment further until it is complete. This does however illustrate the vital role clinical audits play in allowing Trusts to monitor and improve the standards of care they provide – and the vast majority do use the information in this way.”