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Trauma & Orthopaedics response

24 November 2021

  • Quality and safety

The Trust and NHSE/I jointly commissioned the Royal College of Surgeons to undertake a wider review of 43 patients’ records following concerns being raised. This was a review of a selected number of cases, undertaken specifically to look at learning for the Trust and to examine if there have been any patients who received less than optimal care.

The full report was published on 24 November 2021. The report agreed with concerns in 26 of those cases. The Trust has undertaken many of the actions recommended in the report and has met and discussed with the colleagues who raised the initial concerns.

Aaron Cummins, Chief Executive, UHMBT, said: "We fully accept the findings of the report. At all times the Trust has been open and honest in wanting to establish the truth behind allegations relating to a small number of cases within our Trauma and Orthopaedic service. 

"Once concerns were raised about cases, we undertook immediate investigations and conducted both internal and external reviews of cases.

"However, we recognised that there were still concerns and so asked the Royal College of Surgeons to conduct an independent review of the cases.

"We have already undertaken many of the actions recommended in the report and have met and discussed with the colleagues who raised the initial concerns.

"We have made improvements to the Trauma and orthopaedic Service as part of our Enhanced Support Programme, we now need to work hard to ensure that the improvements we have made will become fully embedded.

"We welcome the report and would like to thank the Royal College of Surgeons and NHS England and Improvement for their help.

"We would also thank members of our Trauma and Orthopaedic service and all our teams for being open and honest and for giving their time to support the progress that has been made so far within the service. 

"We continue to encourage and support colleagues to raise any issues which causes them concern. 

"We thank those individuals who have raised their very genuine concerns and hope this report fully answers the questions they had."