The UK’s top hospitals gathered at a ceremony in London recently for the eleventh anniversary of the prestigious CHKS Top Hospital awards where accolades were received for excellence in patient safety, quality of care and data quality.
West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust was named amongst the CHKS 40 Top Hospitals for 2011, which celebrates excellence across the UK and is based upon the evaluation of 21 key performance indicators covering safety, clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care.
The Trust was also shortlisted for this year’s Quality of Care Award, having been one of six acute Trusts across the UK to have excelled in all quality of care indicators to meet the nomination criteria - including the length of time patients stay in hospital, the rate of emergency re-admissions and whether the care pathway proceeded as originally intended.
Chief Executive, Jan Filochowski said: “This important award reflects the tremendous professional and dedicated work of all our staff. Quality of care is at the heart of our pledge to provide a first class service to our patients.”
James Coles, Director of Research at CHKS, said: “Hospitals are accountable to their patients, their families and their local communities to provide a safe environment and high standards of patient care. Our award winners this year share a commitment to driving improvement and engendering a culture of excellence throughout their organisations.”