For an in-debt organisation struggling to recruit and retain doctors and nurses, Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust performed comparatively well.

The trust, which manages HRI and Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax, received the amber ‘requires improvement’ rating overall.

But this obscures the fact it received ‘good’ ratings in the majority of categories.

Indeed some of the trust’s services, for example its end-of-life care, received straight ‘good’ ratings.

And while there were plenty of warnings and misgivings expressed in the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) report, there is no shortage of praise for a trust which managed to keep its head above water in the NHS’s most challenging times.

Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust (CHFT) received a ‘good’ overall rating for the ‘caring’ section of the report. This measures how compassionate patient care is.

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The report, following the inspections in March, said: “Patients on the whole told us they were happy with the care they received and the attitude of staff.

“We observed staff engaging with patients in a caring and respectful manner.”

CHFT was praised for its ‘open and transparent’ working culture.

The report said: “Throughout our inspection feedback from the majority of staff we spoke to was very positive and they reported that the culture was open and transparent. Staff spoke with pride of working for the trust...

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“In critical care, staff we spoke with told us that they enjoyed working in critical care as a speciality as it was rewarding and challenging.”

CHFT was lauded for its ‘positive’ culture for reporting incidents.

And while some struggled with staffing issues there was praise for other departments.

For example, inspectors found that staffing on the neonatal units – for newborns requiring everything from intensive to low-dependency care – was ‘meeting or exceeding’ safe levels.

The trust’s system for rapidly identify deteriorating patients and stepping up their care received a special mention as did several outstanding areas.

They included the care of vulnerable adults, including designated staff ‘companions’ for people with dementia or mental confusion.

CHFT also received straight ‘good ratings’ for its surgery and children’s community care.