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From inadequate to good in 18 months -

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how Addenbrooke's Hospital turned its fortunes around.

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Brexit fears - as big employers from this region

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tell MPs they can't survive without workers from the EU.

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High tech in the Far East - the motorsport industry

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in Northamptonshire looks to China to grow.

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It's been described as a "remarkable turnaround".

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18 months ago, Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge was

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Today, the Care Quality Commission, after a new inspection,

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Back in September 2015, the hospital was rated "inadequate" for...

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Poor management, staff shortages,

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Today, that rating was upgraded to "good".

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But warnings also to improve childrens' services,

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and cut the number of cancelled operations.

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18 months ago, the diagnosis of Addenbrooke's was poor.

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Patients, we were told, were being put at risk

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by precariously low numbers of staff and inspectors even went as far

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as saying bosses had lost their grip on the basics.

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18 months on, and it has all changed.

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Being placed in special measures was, say staff, a wake-up call.

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A hospital once described by regulators as inadequate

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Today, there is a relief and a recognition of the toll

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the past year has taken on both staff and patients.

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Addenbrooke's has a very special place in

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They rely on it. That was never doubted.

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We worked hard to talk to everybody - patients, carers,

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other groups outside the hospital - to reassure them.

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With staffing levels on the rise, the care provided,

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Earlier criticism over finances and staffing led to the abrupt

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departure of this man, Chief Executive Keith McNeill.

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But a change in management brought about a change in fortunes.

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We saw a remarkable turnaround in the culture and management

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I think the problem was really that they had forgotten

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that they were a District General Hospital,

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serving the people of Cambridge.

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Addenbrooke's was and remains one of the world's most

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renowned hospitals, so when it fell from grace back in 2015,

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Not least the 900,000 patients it sees every year.

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Huge improvements have been made, but its Achilles heel remains its

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chronic shortage of beds and how it responds to rising patient numbers.

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There is only so much that the hospital can do.

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If it can identify where blockages are and show it's trying to

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get patients discharged as safely and as soon

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as possible, taking action, there is nothing much

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They cannot control the amount of patients coming in the

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And it is patients like 82-year-old Keith that depend

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It has been a month since he was admitted with an aneurysm.

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I don't expect a 4-star hotel.

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Everything has been more than satisfactory.

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But, no, I wouldn't be here without the NHS.

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Well, a new Chief Executive joined Addenbrooke's just after

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I asked Roland Sinker how he'd turn things around.

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The areas that I have been particularly focused on have

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been listening to our patients, listening to our staff, improving

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the relationships between the board and our front-line provision of

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care, thinking very hard about governance, how

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we run the hospital, and thinking about where the

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Although all services are now rated as good,

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there are still some concerns about the

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environment for children in the

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emergency department, ensuring children safety.

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Specifically in relation to children, there are two points.

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The first relates to the amount of physical capacity - bays,

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beds, trolleys - that we have in the emergency department,

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so we can give really timely care to children who

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come into the emergency department, having had a nasty fall, having some

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sort of breathing problems, maybe very acute asthma.

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The second issue relates to the number of beds

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Most importantly, how many beds we have

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across the health and care economy, across the county.

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The headline is that hospital is full,

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A is full, black alert, sort of thing.

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How much of that is within your capacity to change?

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How much is down to councils and social care?

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We're working very closely with our colleagues in general practice,

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Within the hospital, making sure we are bringing all our

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resources to bear to bring the best possible care for patients, sold

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consultants in respiratory, that anything is needed as soon

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We are particularly working with colleagues in social

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care and community services outside the hospital so that when a hot

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-- when a patient is ready to leave, we are able to get them back

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into their own setting as fast as possible.

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Throughout this whole process, the staff here have been universally

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You are good now, how do you get to outstanding?

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Which is really about putting doctors,

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their services and enabling them to be in control.

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The organisations have got that cracked.

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Some of the region's biggest employers went to Westminster today

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to ask for guarantees on migrant labour after Brexit.

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They say many businesses including farming and home care will struggle

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to survive if foreign workers aren't allowed to come here.

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Whether it is harvesting crops, picking fruit are working in our

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care homes, the region has always been reliant on overseas workers.

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This is why many employers are worried.

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Today, some of them laid out the case in Parliament.

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The director of a company from Ely, which employs 2500 seasonal

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We would not be able to operate without

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We employ 55% of those coming from Eastern European markets.

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We have struggled in terms of recruitment.

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Their message to MPs is that the future

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supply of migrant labour is at risk because of Brexit.

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If free movement is replaced by visas or

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complicated paperwork, it will put up costs

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There are signs that EU workers no longer want to work here already.

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Applications to work have halved this year.

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There was still be people coming from the European

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The Prime Minister spoke again today about the importance of migrant

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She also was the guarantee the right of the EU

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These are all things which need to be negotiated.

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For now, there is uncertainty and the message from the region's

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employers is to please end that uncertainty

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While many businesses consider their future

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with or without Europe - in Northamptonshire,

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The motorsport industry employs 20,000 people in the county,

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and is worth ?2 billion to the local economy.

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So how can that be boosted by high tech links to the Far East?

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Stuart Ratcliffe has been finding out.

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This company manufactures for the motorsport industry.

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They are one of a growing number of businesses now located in

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Northamptonshire's motorsport Valley.

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There's an atmosphere in the industry here that makes it

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We find many customers who come to visit has also

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visit other people on the park and surrounding area.

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Silverstone is the obvious heart of motorsport Valley.

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Across Northamptonshire, there are 1000 businesses

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directly associated with the industry.

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An hour from here, there are a further 3000.

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It is no wonder that this whole area is now

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It is this interest which has prompted this economics lecturer at

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the University of Northampton to be asked by his home province in China

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do act as a motorsport trade ambassador.

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I have no doubt that we will bring in enormous interest from

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the Chinese investors and the Government as well.

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They are looking for not only to invest in the UK but as a

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result of them doing that, I have no doubt that that will bring

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A conference supporting motorsport Valley is already being

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Britain has always been an outgoing nation that has done

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international trade, we should promote

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Any new Chinese partnership is a way off, but that

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the world's second largest economy is taking

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the world's second largest economy is taking interest

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The Bedford sprinter Nigel Levine is "conscious and stable"

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According to reports, Levine and team-mate were

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injured yesterday in Tenerife, riding on motorbikes

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when they were involved in a crash with an oncoming vehicle.

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British Athletics staff are with the athletes

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and liaising with hospital doctors over treatment.

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That's it from me - I'll leave you with

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Well, rather cloudy skies across the region this evening.

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We could see just one or two spots of drizzle further north and west,

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And that's where the coldest temperatures will be as we

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About minus two Celsius for a low tonight.

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But staying just above across northern parts of the area.

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But Thursday, misty and murky conditions staying with us

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Best of the sunshine further south and east.

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Temperatures around average for this time of year -

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But that mist already returning into Thursday evening.

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A misty, murky day on Friday as well.

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Your national forecast is up next, I will leave you with the outlook.

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That shows dry weather into Saturday, but the return

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of some sharp frost by Saturday night.

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the next few days, more sunshine on the way.

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Despite high-pressure sitting across the country so only slow changes in

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the weather, we have had a variety of different weathers, for example

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this beautiful sunset in Southampton which was shared by a Weather

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Watcher, but grey and misty in Derby thanks to an awful lot of cloud

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around and very little deviation by day or night from the rather grey

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routine. That is because we have a weather

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front, albeit very weak and very little wind to move the cloud and

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the mist

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