East Sussex community health services have met new regulations on safety and care.
NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald & NHS Hastings and Rother - the two primary care trusts responsible for East Sussex community health services - are in the second wave of registrations under a new, tougher system for regulating standards in the NHS.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) today (26 March) announced plans to give the two primary care trusts (PCTs) a formal licence, without conditions, to provide services.
From April, all NHS trusts in England will have to be registered with the CQC by law to provide care. All trusts must ensure standards are maintained.
The standards include such areas as treating people with respect, involving them in decisions about care, keeping clinical areas clean and ensuring services are safe.
Lisa Compton, director of assurance and engagement for both East Sussex PCTs, said:
“We welcome the commission’s registration announcement for our community services provided in local community hospitals, clinics, health centres, schools and people’s homes.
The standards cover important issues for patients.
The new registration and monitoring system means they can be assured about our standards now and into the future."