Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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The Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH) is one of the United Kingdom's NHS Foundation Trusts.[1] It was previously known as Addenbrooke's NHS Trust and became a Foundation Trust, with its new name, in 2004. The Trust provides healthcare for people in the Cambridge area, in southeast England and specialist services such as transplantation, treatment of rare cancers and neurological intensive care for a much wider area.[2] It runs Addenbrooke's Hospital, the Rosie Hospital, and Saffron Walden Community Hospital. It is one of the Shelford Group an informal organisation of ten leading English University Teaching Hospitals and part of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

The Trust is part of the UnitingCare Partnership a consortium with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group announced in September 2014 that the partnership was the preferred bidder for a pioneering £800 million contract to deliver older people’s services in Cambridgeshire with effect from April 2015. The plan is for a single lead provider which will be responsible for older people’s healthcare services and adult community health services, ensuring that care is more joined up than it has been, with a focus on improving the patient experience.[3]

Keith McNeil the chief executive is a one-time special forces sniper and a former transplant physician, who moved to the hospital from Brisbane.[4]

The trust installed an Epic Electronic health record system costing £200 million in 2014, the first in the UK. 2.1 million records were transferred to it and it went live on 26th October. The intention is to allow clinicians to access patient records on handheld devices instead of waiting for notes. Within a short time it developed serious problems.[5] There were particular problems with communicating pathology results with both the new Epic system and the system used by The Pathology Partnership, the newly formed joint venture pathology provider. The trust reported ongoing issues with pathology codes and reporting leading to difficulty matching test results to patients, requiring re-checking. “GPs were asked to stop all routine blood tests at short notice; patients were attending their GP surgery for blood tests and had to be turned away. Some tests that had already been taken had to be discarded and GPs had to repeat them. The trust has apologised to GPs’ patients and The Pathology Partnership has written to GPs giving details of the 200 patients affected".[6] Chief information officer, Dr Afzal Chaudhry, said "well over 90% of implementation [had] proceeded successfully".[7]

The trust has one of the 11 Genomics Medicines Centres associated with Genomics England which will open across England in February 2014. All the data produced in the 100,000 Genomes project will be made available to drugs companies and researchers to help them create precision drugs for future generations.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NHS foundation trust directory, Monitor — NHS Foundation Trusts, UK.
  2. ^ "Addenbrooke's hospital boss on a mission to improve NHS leadership". The Guardian. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "CCG appoints NHS-led consortium for £800m flagship contract". Health Service Journal. 1 October 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Addenbrooke's hospital boss on a mission to improve NHS leadership". Guardian. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "The NHS’s chaotic IT systems show no sign of recovery". Guardian. 21 December 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "'Major incident' declared for flagship IT project". Health Service Journal. 25 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Addenbrooke's Hospital paperless system's 'significant problems' reported". BBC News. 24 November 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "NHS DNA scheme to fight cancer and genetic diseases". BBC News. 22 December 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 

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