GGI supports Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust transformation programme as they are taken out of special measures

7th March 2017

The Good Governance Institute (GGI) congratulates Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHR Hospitals) for successfully leaving regulator concern after three years in special measures.

‘Matthew Hopkins and his team have led a determined and good-spirited staff at BHR Hospitals who have worked tirelessly to improve patient care.’ said Andrew Corbett-Nolan, Chief Executive of GGI. We have been working with the trust for two years now, supporting a staff there who have seen getting out of special measures as the by-product of simply improving patient care. The focus has been on patient safety, transparency and quite simply better patient care. The rest has just come as a result of this effort.’

The BHR Hospitals recovery journey has involved some highly innovative approaches to safer care, with the Patient Safety Memo programme in 2015/16 being shortlisted for an HSJ Award and being highlighted as international best practice at last year’s International Society for Quality in Healthcare conference in Tokyo. GGI and the trust have jointly hosted several seminars to help other NHS trusts learn from BHR Hospital’s successful improvement work.

Whilst the focus has always been on safer, high quality care the trust has also been attentive to finances and has met its control total for the last two years. It has introduced stronger governance within a new clinical directorate structure, and has invested heavily in staff and patient engagement.