Top Hospitals Programme 2018 award winners announced

Top Hospitals Programme 2018 award winners announced

CHKS has announced the winners of its Top Hospitals programme national awards 2018. The awards celebrate the success of healthcare providers across the UK and internationally and include award categories for patient safety, quality of care, data, healthcare efficiency and new for this year the most improved client award.
The awards were held in London on the 15th May and hosted by NHS Confed CEO Niall Dickson. 190 guests attended including leaders from across the healthcare sector including NHS Digital and The Health Foundation. We also welcomed Dr Ed Coats, who gave our after-dinner speech. Ed Coats is a specialist registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and an adventurer.
This was an insightful talk – full of funny anecdotes of his time on expeditions with James Cracknell and Ben Fogle.
The CHKS Top Hospitals programme awards are made each year on the basis of an analysis of publicly available datasets and a number of criteria used to shortlist trusts. This year, for the first time, the Top 40 awards considered clients and non-clients in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This means you don’t have to be a CHKS client to be eligible for a Top Hospitals award. The award will now represent a performance compared to all hospitals throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  
South Eastern Trust was the recipient of the patient safety award for outstanding performance in providing patients with a safe hospital environment. The award is based on indicators including rates of hospital-acquired infections and mortality and given.
The Royal Surrey Hospital NHS Trust was the winner of the quality of care award. The award was made on the basis of performance in a number of areas including the length of time patients stay in hospital and rate of emergency re-admissions.
Data quality awards recognise the importance of clinical coding and data quality, and the essential role it plays in ensuring appropriate patient care. This year data quality awards were given for a second year in a row to Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (England, Wales and Northern Ireland), Spire London East Hospital for the independent sector and Moorfields Eye Hospital  in the specialist category.
Winner of the healthcare efficiency award was Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh, with Northumbria taking the patient experience award.
CHKS also celebrates excellence amongst its clients across the UK,  and this year we announced the winner of the most improved client as East Cheshire NHS Trust
The Top Hospitals award is based on the evaluation of over 20 key performance indicators covering safety, clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care. See who won here.
In addition, Hospital Garcia de Orta, Portugal, was the winner of its quality improvement award. This international award is open to all healthcare organisations accredited by CHKS in 2017 and recognises significant improvements in patient care and patient experience as well as staff welfare, safety and morale.

Dr Charles Young, SMO for Capita, and practising emergency physician spoke at the event.

Niall Dickson comments:

 “The NHS across the UK is doing great things. Too often we dwell on the challenges – and there are plenty – but the CHKS Top Hospitals awards recognise and celebrate the great strides that are being made to improve the quality and safety of care patients receive.
“These awards have become hugely respected not least because they are based on objective data. They offer a great way for hospitals to benchmark their activity and share ideas and best practice.”

Notes to editors:

1. CHKS, part of Capita plc, is a provider of healthcare intelligence and quality improvement products and services. We enable 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. We know health. Over the last 27 years our team of NHS data experts, clinicians and quality managers have worked with more than 400 healthcare organisations to improve population health.
2. Please click here to find out more about the indicators used for each award.
3. To follow the awards on Twitter use the hashtag: #CHKSTH18