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Double success for Northumbria at Top Hospitals awards

Wednesday, 02 July, 2014
Double success for Northumbria at Top Hospitals awards

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has once again been recognised as one of the country’s top performing hospital trusts, winning two national awards at the prestigious CHKS Top Hospitals programme 2013.

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

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

For the second time, the Trust also won the CHKS data quality award for England which recognises the importance of clinical coding and data quality, and the essential roles they play in ensuring appropriate patient care.

Jim Mackey, chief executive at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “To be named, once again, as one of the country’s top performing trusts is fantastic news for our patients and staff.

“We pride ourselves on providing the highest possible standards of care and to achieve a top hospital award for six consecutive years is wholly down to the hard work and commitment of our staff who strive to deliver the very best care for our patients every single day.

“I would like to thank them all for their efforts and the very important role they play in helping us to continuously improve quality.

“These national awards celebrate excellence in the areas which really matter to patients and are an important marker of the care we provide.”

The CHKS data quality award for England recognises outstanding performance in clinical coding and data quality.

Commenting on this award, Mr Mackey said: “We pride ourselves in the quality of our data and we are delighted to be recognised nationally again, having won the award in 2011.

“High quality data is an essential part of delivering high quality and safe patient care and we place great emphasis on making sure we capture robust data so that we can continuously review and improve our services for patients.

“Again it is tribute to our staff that we have achieved this prestigious data award and in particular to our clinical coders and clinicians who have worked incredibly hard to improve the quality of our data.”

Jason Harries, managing director at CHKS said: “Every hospital is accountable to its patients, their families and carers as well as the local community to provide a safe environment. Our data quality award highlights those trusts that clearly share a commitment to driving improvement and engendering a culture of excellence throughout their organisation and it is a credit to the staff at Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust that it has won this award.”

CHKS has used over 20 years of experience in the analysis of hospital data to set the indicators on which each of the Top Hospitals programme awards are judged. Awards are made on the basis of an analysis of publicly available datasets and every NHS acute trust is included.