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NHS City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group
‘Good’ CQC rating for Homerton’s Maternity Services
14 August 2018

Revealed in the latest CQC report, released on 10 August and rating Homerton Hospital’s health services, the maternity service has moved from ‘Requiring Improvement’ to ‘Good’ with the inspector commending improvements made since the last CQC inspection in 2015.

The ‘Good’ rating for the service, which delivered care for 5,588 women in 2017-2018 and is commissioned by City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), follows a raft of measures made by the senior maternity service staff across a number of areas, such as:

  • staff being knowledgeable and providing support to women who are ‘at risk’ or who suffer from social or mental health issues;
  • an open culture of reporting incidents and a willingness to learn from them;
  • a strong sense of team work with staff supporting the women they cared for;
  • women, who have spoken to the CQC, being happy with their care and praising staff for being welcoming and supporting;
  • doctors in training being very positive about the support and teaching they received from senior clinicians.

The CQC spoke with 42 members of staff including midwives, maternity support workers, consultant doctors, doctors in training, managers, domestic staff and facilities and estates staff. They also spoke with 16 women who used maternity services and four of their partners and two relatives, while observing how staff cared for patients. The inspection included a review of 16 sets of medical records and a variety of information about the service including meeting minutes, policies and performance data.

Shirley Peterson, Deputy Chief Nurse / Head of Midwifery at Homerton Hospital, said: “The maternity team has worked tirelessly to improve the care and service they provide to women and their families using maternity care at Homerton. The move in CQC rating to ‘Good’ is a reflection of this fantastic work. I am incredibly proud!”

Dr Mark Rickets, Chair of City and Hackney CCG, said: “The report represents a huge amount of work by Homerton Hospital maternity staff. We congratulate all involved for such fantastic results which show improvements year on year across many of their services, particularly maternity and medical care.”

The Trust’s continued progress will be monitored via a revised action plan to address areas for further improvement included in the latest CQC report. In addition, there were a number of areas of outstanding practice including the maternity service support for vulnerable women and excellent safeguarding practices.

Homerton’s maternity unit, which supports the local hospital and the wider region, has a four bed birth centre and a 14 bedded, consultant-led delivery suite. The antenatal ward has nine beds, and there are 32 postnatal beds. A large neonatal unit with 46 cots is designed and equipped for babies needing extra medical and nursing care. 

For more information about the Homerton Hospital maternity service, visit the website: www.homerton.nhs.uk 

The City and Hackney CCG is encouraging Hackney mums and dads to join the local Maternity Voices Partnership which advises the maternity service and commissioners on the care they provide to women, their partners and their babies, during pregnancy, birth and in the weeks after the baby’s arrival. To find out more and to join the group, visit: www.cityandhackneyccg.nhs.uk/services/maternity-voices-partnership.htm