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North Cumbria University Hospitals named among country's best

Posted on Wednesday 20th May 2015

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has been recognised as one of the country’s top performing trusts, winning a national award at the CHKS Top Hospitals programme 2015.

CHKS, the UK’s leading independent provider of healthcare intelligence and quality improvement services, has named the Trust as one of the 40 best performing NHS organisations in England.

The 40 Top Hospitals award celebrates excellence and recognises healthcare providers that deliver high quality safe care, measuring clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency and patient experience.

A wide range of indicators are used by CHKS to decide the best in the country, including mortality figures, readmission rates, length of stay data and the Care Quality Commission’s national inpatient survey. North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has seen improvements across all of these areas as a result of vital safety changes put in place following the arrival of chief executive Ann Farrar and medical director Jeremy Rushmer in September 2012.

Measures included carrying out a comprehensive mortality review and centralising care at the Cumberland Infirmary for all trauma and emergency orthopaedic patients, all emergency cardiac patients, and all complex high-risk surgery.

Chief executive Ann Farrar said: “This award is fantastic news for our patients and staff and confirmation of the progress we have made to date. All of our staff have put in a huge amount of hard work to improve clinical outcomes and patient experience, and I would like to thank every one of them for their efforts.

“We know we still have a lot of work to do to ensure all of our patients have access to the very best possible care, every time, but this recognition supports the decisions made to date and confirms that we are on the right path for improvement.”

North Cumbria’s “buddy trust” Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, also named in the 40 Top Hospitals for the eighth consecutive year, also welcomed the recognition of the progress being made at hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven.

Northumbria Healthcare’s chief executive Jim Mackey said: “As a buddy trust for North Cumbria we are very pleased that staff have been recognised for their hard work and commitment to improve the safety and quality of care. ‎This accolade is difficult to achieve and is very good news for patients in North Cumbria

“Whilst all efforts remain focussed on continuous improvement in North Cumbria, this award clearly shows the Trust has made significant steps in the right direction to improve patient care and experience.”

North Cumbria has been recognised within the top 40 hospitals out of more than 160 Trusts in England. Across the North East and Cumbria, North Cumbria and Northumbria were two of just three trusts to receive this national award.

Accepting the award along with chief executive Ann Farrar was Dr Fiona Graham, consultant anaesthetist and clinical director for audit and improvement at the Trust. Dr Graham said: “I was very proud and honoured to represent our clinical teams in accepting this prestigious award. We know that we still have more to do to improve care even further in our hospitals but to have our achievements to date recognised by an external body, based on objective data, is a huge boost for our staff and I hope it will encourage everyone to keep working for even higher standards.”

Jason Harries, managing director of CHKS, said: “These awards recognise outstanding performance in those areas which we believe are critical to delivering good patient care. We are delighted that North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is one of our Top Hospitals 2015.”

The CHKS Top Hospitals programme awards were held in London yesterday and were attended by over 200 guests including leaders from across the healthcare sector including NHS England, Monitor, the NHS Trust Development Authority and acute trusts.