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Trust Named as Country's 'Most Improved'

Jason Harries, Managing Director of CHKS, presents the ‘Most Improved’ award to Tracy Bullock, MCHFT Chief Executive, and Dr Paul Dodds, MCHFT Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive.
Jason Harries, Managing Director of CHKS, presents the 'Most Improved' award to Tracy Bullock, MCHFT Chief Executive, and Dr Paul Dodds, MCHFT Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive.

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT), which runs Leighton Hospital in Crewe, Victoria Infirmary in Northwich and Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre in Winsford, has been named as the most improved Trust in the country at a national awards ceremony in London.

The Trust scooped two awards at the CHKS event on Tuesday, May 1, 2012; one for being the ‘Most Improved’ in the country, and the other for being rated as one of the top 40 hospitals in the UK. 134 organisations were included in the analysis for both awards, which are based on 23 indicators that recognise continuous improvement in clinical effectiveness, efficiency, health outcomes, safety, patient experience and quality of care.

 The ‘Most Improved’ award was achieved as the Trust showed the most significant improvement across the 23 indicators in the past 12 months. The Trust’s performance against a number of these indicators has been at an outstanding level for a considerable time, such as hospital infection rates, readmission rates and day case rates. Additionally, the Trust has seen significant improvement across all the other indicators, in particular mortality rates and results for patient and staff surveys.

Tracy Bullock, Chief Executive of MCHFT, said: “To have been named as one of CHKS’ top 40 hospitals is a great achievement for the Trust, but to be named as the most improved in the country as well is a fantastic achievement and endorses the continued and sustained improvement work that has been underway for a number of years.  I feel very proud of what the Trust has achieved and we are committed to continuing on our journey of delivering excellence.”  

Dr Paul Dodds, Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive of MCHFT, added: “All our staff strive to constantly improve the quality and safety of the care that we provide to our patients, and their dedication has been key to us progressing in the manner in which we have.”

 

Notes to Editors

CHKS Ltd, part of Capita plc, is the leading independent provider ofhealthcare intelligence and quality improvement services to the NHS and independenthealthcare sector. With over 20 years’ experience and having worked with over 300 clients, CHKS has a portfolio of information products, internationally-recognised accreditation programmes and consultancy services which provide clinicians and managers with the information needed to drive improvements inpatient care, financial efficiency, clinical effectiveness and quality.

The 40Top Hospitals award is based on the evaluation of 23 indicators of clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care. Revised annually to take into account newly available performance information, this year’s indicators include:

  • Reported Clostridium difficile rate for patients aged 65 and over

  • Day case rate (relative weighted performance across British Association of Day Surgery directory)

  • Day case conversion to inpatient rate (compared with national rates, case mix adjusted as per BADS)

  • Depth of coding (not case mix adjusted)

  • Percentage of coded episodes with signs and symptoms as a primary diagnosis

  • Percentage of uncoded episodes

  • Inpatient survey (overall care question)

  • Percentage of outpatient first appointments not attended (specialty adjusted)

  • Patient-reported outcomes score (across four procedures, per EQ-5D)

  • Rate of emergency readmission to hospital (more than 16 days and less than 28 days)

  • Emergency readmission within 28 days of discharge following hip fracture (for patients aged over 65)

  • Percentage of elective admissions where planned procedure not carried out (not patient decision)

  • Reference Cost Index (RCI)

  • Summary Hospital-level Mortality Index (SHMI)

  • Staff survey (overall job satisfaction question)

  • Risk-adjusted length of stay

  • Risk-adjusted mortality index

  • Rate of emergency readmission to hospital following myocardial infarction within 28 days

  • Rate of emergency readmission to hospital within 14 days for COPD

  • Percentage of elective inpatients admitted on day of procedure

  • Patient misadventure rate (ICD-based)

  • Percentage of patients over 65 years with fractured neck of femur with pre-operative length of stay less than or equal to two days

  • Unnecessary admissions via A&E