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North Cumbria University Hospitals - Delivering Quality Together

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CQC ratings

CQC logoThe Care Quality Commission rates each hospital in England based on both announced and unannounced visits by its teams of inspectors. Every hospital is given a rating of outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate across five areas: safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led, plus an overall rating.

In its latest inspection report, from 8 September 2015, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust was rated overall as 'requires improvement', and as follows in each area:
Safe - requires improvement
Effective - requires improvement
Caring - good
Responsive - requires improvement
Well-led - requires improvement

Overall, the hospitals were rated as follows:
Cumberland Infirmary - requires improvement
West Cumberland Hospital - requires improvement
Penrith Hospital - good

Read the report on the CQC's website

Read the letter from Professor Sir Mike Richards, Chief Inspector of Hospitals to the Secretary of State for Health, 3 September 2015