Northern Trust shortlisted for CHKS national patient safety award

The Northern Health and Social Care Trust has been shortlisted for the CHKS Top Hospitals Patient Safety Award 2017. The CHKS Top Hospitals awards celebrate excellence throughout the UK and are given to acute sector organisations for their achievements in healthcare quality and improvement.

The patient safety award is a national award for outstanding performance in providing a safe hospital environment for patients, it is based on a range of 16 indicators, including rates of hospital-acquired infections and mortality.

CHKS, part of Capita Healthcare Decisions, has used over 27 years of experience in the analysis of hospital data to decide 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 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is included.

The Northern Trust’s Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Operations Pamela McCready welcomed the Trust’s inclusion in the CHKS Top Hospital award. Pamela said “the shortlisting of the Northern Trust is a testament to the hard-work and dedication of all staff in ensuring the highest standard of patient care, and while no-one does it for the recognition, it is always nice for staff when it is acknowledged”.

Andy Lockwood, managing director, Capita Healthcare Decisions, said: “the Northern Health and Social Care Trust should take pride in having been shortlisted on the basis of our analysis of patient safety outcomes and we look forward to the next stage in the process which will see us announcing a winner at our awards ceremony.”

The CHKS Top Hospitals programme awards will be held in London on 10th May hosted by health policy analyst Roy Lilley. Guest speaker will be Sir Ranulph Fiennes Bt OBE. Over 200 guests will be in attendance including leaders from across the healthcare sector including: BMA, NHS Digital, Royal College of Emergency Medicine, NHS Improvement and acute trusts.


Notes to editor:

1. CHKS, part of Capita plc, is a provider of healthcare intelligence and quality improvement products and services. CHKS enables providers and commissioners to make better decisions at patient, service, organisation and population level and deliver sustainable improvements in care quality, patient outcomes and service efficiency along the patient pathway.

2. The shortlisted trusts are:

  • Northern Health and Social Care Trust (N.I.)
  • North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust
  • Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
  • Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust (N.I.)

3. Indicators used were:

  • Emergency readmission within 28 days of discharge following hip fracture (65+)
  • Summary Hospital-level Mortality Index (SHMI)
  • Risk adjusted mortality index
  • Readmission rate within seven days of delivery
  • Infection rate following caesarean section
  • Rates of deaths in hospital within 30 days of emergency admission for hip fractures (FnoF; aged 65+)
  • Rate of deaths in hospital within 30 days of emergency admission with a heart attack (MI: aged 35 to 74)
  • Rate of deaths in hospital within 30 days of emergency admission for a stroke
  • Rate of deaths in low mortality HRGs (HRG3.5) Rate of decubitus ulcer (for patients with length of stay over four days
  • Post-operative wound infection
  • Complications of anaesthesia
  • Foreign body left in during procedure
  • Post-operative pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis
  • Post-operative sepsis
  • Rate of accidental puncture or laceration during surgery
  • Birth trauma – injury to neonate

27th April 2017

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