University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

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Type of Trust
NHS hospital trust
Trust Details
Last annual budget
Chair Ian Johnson
Chief Executive Aaron Cummins
Headquarters Westmorland General Hospital, Kendal, North West England
Website University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay
Care Quality Commission reports CQC
Monitor Monitor

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMB or UHMBT) is an NHS Foundation Trust in North West England, providing services in South Cumbria and North Lancashire in the Morecambe Bay area. It has about 6,000 employees and provides services for some 350,000 people.[1]


It provides services at:

The Trust was the first to deploy Lorenzo patient record systems in the NHS. It implemented electronic patient record system Lorenzo Release 1.9 in June 2010.[3]

In 2013 the Care Quality Commission stated that there had been problems with the Commission's oversight of the trust in 2010, that the Commission had "provided false assurances to the public" and that "[it] should not have registered UHMB without conditions", on publication of a report by Grant Thornton.[4][5]

Jackie Daniel, chief executive said in June 2016 that she hoped to make her hospital “as small as humanly possible” as part of its new care model plans. Emergency and maternity services are to continue in Barrow and Lancaster, but about 65 weekly outpatient clinics will be replaced by community provisions and beds will be reduced.[6]A new Chief Executive., Aaron Cummins was appointed on 1 April 2018, as was Ian Johnson as the new Trust Chair.[7]

The trust joined the Waterloo House GP practice in Millom in October 2016 to run the business side of the practice as part of the Better Together vanguard project.[8]


Four-hour target in the emergency department quarterly figures from NHS England Data from

The Trust was highlighted by NHS England as having 3 of 148 reported never events in the period from April to September 2013.[9]

In December 2013 it was announced that despite the Furness General Hospital maternity ward deaths investigation, Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group intends to maintain consultant-led maternity services at Furness General Hospital “for the foreseeable future”.[10]

In June 2014 the trust was placed in special measures by Monitor (NHS) after safety and leadership were rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission. Services at Westmorland General Hospital were given an overall rating of “good”, but Furness General Hospital and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary both “required improvement”.[11]

In February 2015 it was announced that the Clinical Commissioning Groups planned for inpatient elective surgery at Westmorland General Hospital to be transferred to Royal Lancaster Infirmary and Furness General Hospital.[12]

The trust decided in October 2015 to contract out its outpatient pharmacy services to a private provider.[13]

In 2014/5 the trust was given a loan of £21 million by the Department of Health which is supposed to be paid back in five years.[14] It spent 7.2% of its total turnover on agency staff in 2014/5.[15]

The trust was taken out of special measures in December 2015 after a further inspection.[16]

NHS Tariff[edit]

In August 2014 it was announced that the Trust would make an application to Monitor (NHS) for an increase in the prices paid for treatment by the NHS because its remote location made it impossible to manage within the national Payment by Results tariff.[17]

In July 2015 the trust was the first, and so far only, to get an increase in the NHS tariff for its services agreed by Monitor (NHS) because of its "increased costs associated with this trust running health services across multiple sites in rural locations". It will get paid more per episode for accident and emergency, surgery, trauma and orthopaedics, paediatrics, women’s health, and non-elective medical conditions. This is expected to increase the trust's income by more than £20 million per year.[18]

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  1. ^ "NHS Employers". NHS. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Our hospitals". University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Lorenzo goes live at Morecambe Bay". Health Service Journal. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  4. ^ "CQC publishes Independent report into its registration and oversight of University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust". Care Quality Commission. 19 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  5. ^ "The Care Quality Commission re: Project Ambrose" (PDF). Grant Thornton. 14 June 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 July 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Vanguard trust aims to be 'as small as humanly possible'". Health Service Journal. 16 June 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Annual Report and Accounts 201 7-18" (PDF). University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Vanguard trusts take stake in GP practice". Health Service Journal. 12 October 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  9. ^ "NHS reveals 'never event' figures". Sheffield Star. 13 December 2013. Archived from the original on 17 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  10. ^ "Morecambe Bay maternity downgrade ruled out by commissioners". Nursing Times. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  11. ^ "Morecambe Bay placed in special measures". Health Service JOurnal. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  12. ^ "Westmorland General Hospital to remain open - but could lose overnight surgery". Westmorland Gazette. 12 February 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  13. ^ "RLI pharmacy to be run privately". Lancaster Guardian. 1 October 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  14. ^ "11 trusts whose DH bailouts were converted to loans". Health Service Journal. 2 September 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Agency spending: the real picture". Health Service Journal. 26 November 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  16. ^ "Morecambe Bay NHS Trust can leave special measures, CQC says". BBC News. 3 December 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  17. ^ "Morecambe Bay bids for £17m price hike". Health Service Journal. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  18. ^ "First ever tariff hike agreed for troubled trust". Health Service Journal. 23 July 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2015.

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