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Independent review

Independent review into children's heart services

On 30 June 2016 two reports were published:

  • An  independent audit and review of the medical records of a sample of children who were in our care between January 2012 and December 2014 for surgical treatment for heart conditions they were born with.  The review has been carried out by the Care Quality Commission, the health service's national regulator.
  • The  Independent Review of children's heart services in Bristol, led by Eleanor Grey QC, which was commissioned following complaints about our services by a number of families whose children we cared for between 2010 and 2014.

Trust's media response to the Independent Review
Trust's letter to parents who took part in the Independent Review

We fully accept the findings of these reports and are committed to implementing the recommendations. On 28 July 2016, the Trust Board reiterate to affected families how sorry we are for the things we got wrong - for when our care fell below acceptable standards, for not supporting some families as well as we could have and for not always learning adequately from our mistakes, adding to their distress at an already very upsetting time. We re-affirmed our full acceptance of the reports' recommendations and acknowledged publicly the role which parents have played in bringing about significant changes in practice and in improving care in the children's heart services.

In July 2016 the Trust Board accepted a plan to implement the recommendations that includes building a partnership with parents. The Trust Board will receive a monthly update from September 2016 in the Board Packs.