15th July 2015
Trust publishes reports at AGM
Annual Report, Financial Accounts and Quality Account for 2014/15 show challenges and successes for NHS
The Annual Report and Accounts and Quality Account for Isle of Wight NHS Trust have been published.
Speaking after the Trust’s Annual General Meeting held at the Riverside Centre, Newport on Wednesday 1st July Company Secretary and Foundation Trust Programme Director Mark Price said: “The Annual Report and Accounts and the Quality Account are important records of the progress the Trust has made over the last year and they set out some of the challenges we and the NHS on the Island face in 2015/16 and the future. In addition to the main documents – the Annual Report and Accounts which is 124 pages and the Quality Account which is 54 pages – and following feedback from staff, stakeholders and Trust Members we now publish more accessible summary versions as A5 size magazines.
“Publishing these documents is an important part of the NHS on the Island being open and transparent. As the largest employer on the Island with over 3,000 staff, over 500 volunteers and with a turnover of £174m in 2014/15 it is important that we are accountable to Islanders and our own people. As a Membership organisation we encourage individuals to become involved in the Trust and we would encourage anyone aged 11 and over who hasn’t signed up to become a member to do so. When we become a Foundation Trust it will give individuals a vote and an opportunity to stand as a Governor if they area aged 18 and over.”
All versions of the documents are available on line to reduce the costs of printing. The documents can be found at:
· Annual Report 2014/15 and the Summary:
· Quality Account 2014/15 and the Summary:
The Trust is seeking feedback on the documents and would welcome this via the questionnaire available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Y3ZJW2S.
Under the Health Act 2009 all Providers are required to produce an annual Quality Account.
This is the Isle of Wight NHS Trust’s 4th Quality Account and has been produced in consultation with key stakeholders. It was approved at Trust Board on 3 June 2015.
Speaking about the Quality Account Alan Sheward, Executive Director of Nursing at Isle of Wight NHS Trust said: “Our Quality Account for 2014/15 details our successes in 2014/15 and some of the challenges we have faced. It also sets out our Quality Priorities for 2015/16. During 2014/15 the statistics and feedback shows that we:
· Reduce mortality rates
· Had no ‘Never Events’ – incidents which are categorised as very serious by the NHS
· Had fewer incidents categorised as catastrophic
· Met all cancer standards apart from one
· Achieved access to mental health crisis resolution and home treatment for individuals
· Met the target for the transfer of 111 calls to a clinical advisor where required
· Achieved the 8 and 19 minute ambulance response times
Mr Sheward continued: “We achieved all but one of our Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) goals and achieved all our objectives for improving communication with patients. We have continued to use innovative ways of working to improve the quality of care. During the year we:
· Opened for winter the 13 bed Poppy Unit – a step down facility in the Community
· Heard patient and staff stories at the Trust Board meetings
· Continued developing the role of ‘Quality Champions’
· Recognised the exceptional work and dedication of staff and volunteers at Trust Board meetings
· Worked closely with Healthwatch IW, the Patients Council and IW Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on the on-going review of services.
“Whilst our Quality Account is positive in a number of areas we want to go further, faster, to deliver
quality care for everyone, every time, as we move towards creating a clinically sustainable organisation which delivers quality care. I look forward to delivering a quality Improvement Framework in 2015 that will describe in more detail how we aim to continuously improve the quality of the services we deliver. We will also continue to work with mainland providers to make sure our Island patients receive the best care when this cannot be delivered here on the island.
The Trust’s Quality Improvement Priorities for 2015/16 are:
1. Reducing Incidence of Patient Harm (Patient Safety)
2. Improve the Discharge Planning Process (Clinical Effectiveness)
3. Improving End of Life Care (Patient Experience)
Speaking about the Trust’s Accounts Chris Palmer, Executive Director of Finance at Isle of Wight NHS Trust said: “For 2014/15 we achieved our duty to breakeven with a small surplus of £15,000. However this is very different from the £1.7m surplus we had planned for in April 2014. For 2015/16 we have for the first time set a deficit budget of £4.6m and need to achieve savings this year of at least £8.5m to achieve this. On a brighter note we also achieved our other statutory duties in meeting our External Financing Limit of £6.08m and achieving a capital spend of £7.46m which was ‘spot on’ the budgeted amount, enabling us to improve the facilities in which our services are delivered. Under the ‘Better Payment Practice Code’ we achieved our duty to pay invoices within 30 days and at the end of the year we had more cash in the bank – £8.799m compared to the plan of £5.748m.
“I am really pleased that we achieved an unqualified auditor’s report on the financial statements particularly because with only a £15k surplus every transaction over £15k was very carefully scrutinised because it could have had a material effect on the outcome. The auditor’s opinion was qualified in respect of Value for Money based on whether our forecast position in the longer term is sustainable. We know that we have a huge challenge facing us to ensure that the Trust is both financially and clinically sustainable for the future.”
The AGM was held at the Riverside Centre Newport. The audience were able to view stands from various Trust services, hear about the 10 years of the Patient Council and the Award winning Wave Project as well as hear the NHS Nightingales sing.