The CHKS Top Hospitals programme awards were held in London on the 15th May and hosted by NHS Confederation chief executive, Niall Dickson. For the first time, CHKS considered all trusts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
This means trusts do not have to be a CHKS client to be eligible for a Top Hospitals award. The data comes from the information that is regularly submitted by hospitals to NHS Digital to help track performance in a number of areas, including quality of care and patient safety. The indicators are revised annually to take into account any newly-available performance information. http://www.chks.co.uk/userfiles/files/TH18/Indicators_2018.pdf
James Thomas, Director of Operations - Planned Care & Diagnostics and Simon Marshall, Director of Finance & Information at Ashford & St Peter's attended the event. James said: "We were delighted to represent the Trust and collect this Top Hospital award which recognises and rewards the best performing trusts across the UK. The awards are based on the evaluation of 20 indicators of clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care. This year was even more of an achievement as performance was judged against all Trusts in the country not just those who are involved in the work of CHKS, it is a proud time for the Trust to be recognised in this way."
Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare system, said: "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."
Pictured above L-R: James Thomas, Niall Dickson, and Simon Marshall