England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals is inviting the people of Redditch to tell his inspection panel what they think of their local health services.
Their views and experiences will help inspectors decide what to look at when they inspect the trust. That information will be used to guide future inspections.
The local health trust is being inspected and given an overall rating under radical changes which have been introduced by the Care Quality Commission and it will be given an overall rating as a result of the inspection. The formal inspection of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust – which includes the Alex – will start on July 14.
The Chief Inspector, Professor Sir Mike Richards, 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.
To ensure the views of patients and the local community are properly heard, the inspectors will be at a listening event at Redditch Town Hall, Walter Stranz Square, Redditch, B98 8AH, on Tuesday, July 7 starting at 6pm.
People are encouraged to attend the listening events to tell the team about their experiences of care from the past year and to say where they would like 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.”