Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has won the CHKS Top Hospitals programme National 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.
Royal Surrey was also named one of CHKS Top Hospitals for 2017, an accolade awarded to the top performing CHKS trusts.
The top hospitals award is based on the evaluation of over 22 key performance indicators covering safety, clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care. The indicators are revised annually to take into account any newly-available performance information.
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.
Andy Lockwood, managing director, Capita Healthcare Decisions, said: “The staff and management team at the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust should take pride in having won this award. It is made on the basis of analysis of impartial indicators and shows a real commitment to patient safety.”
Paula Head, Royal Surrey’s Chief Executive, added: “Here at Royal Surrey the safety of our patients is our primary concern and we are always looking to develop innovative ways of working to ensure that we continue to lead in the delivery safety, as well as best treatment and outcomes. I am incredibly proud that this hard work and commitment has been recognised by this national award.”
The CHKS Top Hospitals programme awards were held in London on the 10th May and hosted by health policy analyst Roy Lilley alongside guest speaker Sir Ranulph Fiennes Bt OBE. Over 200 guests attended including leaders from across the healthcare sector including: BMA, NHS Digital, Royal College of Emergency Medicine, NHS Improvement and acute trusts.