From data analysis to recognition of outstanding achievementIt was 160 years ago in 1959 that data pioneer Florence Nightingale became the first woman to be elected a member of the Royal Statistical Society. Her work with statistics she compiled during the Crimean War is well known and she was an innovator in displaying statistical data through graphs and is credited with developing the polar area diagram

Nightingale helped to convince the government that data gathering is a vital tool to drive the improvement of safety, quality of care and productivity in hospitals. It provides a broader picture showing what is going on within trusts and used properly can help to create real change. This is why data is the starting point for the CHKS Top Hospitals awards.

The awards are now in their 18th year and are a great way to celebrate the efforts of our winners who are chosen by a careful analysis of publicly available data sets, rather than a judging panel. This year’s awards will be hosted by former ITV medical correspondent Sue Saville and will be held at the Royal College of Physicians, London on the 12th June.

We have just announced the shortlisted trusts for the following awards:
  Healthcare efficiency award Quality of care award Patient safety award Patient experience award Data quality awards
The shortlist is determined by an analysis of publicly available data based on indicators for each award category. Not only is this an opportunity to celebrate success, it is a good chance to share experiences and improvement journeys with colleagues throughout the UK. 

Everyone at CHKS is looking forward to seeing all those invited, including representatives from shortlisted trusts on the 12th and you can register for your place here. It was 160 years ago in 1959 that data pioneer Florence Nightingale became the first woman to be elected a member of the Royal Statistical Society.
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