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Right Arrow Trust is one of Britains top 40 Hospitals for fifth year running
12 May 2006 at 11:04
For the fifth year running, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has been named among the top performers in the country’s sixth 40 Top Hospitals programme assessed by the country’s leading hospital benchmarking company, CHKS. The Trust is the only one on Merseyside to be among this year’s 40 Top Hospitals, and one of only three from Cheshire & Merseyside Strategic Health Authority.

Commenting on the Trust’s achievement, Chief Executive Jonathan Parry said, “We have entered this programme for the last five years and each year we have been named in the 40 Top Hospitals and this is a fantastic achievement. We would not have received this award if it weren’t for the hard work of all our staff. It shows that their skill, dedication and commitment has improved the quality of care we provide to our patients and the health community. This award is particularly satisfying as it is an opportunity to be judged against other Trusts across the country.”

Pictured are Karen Swift and Jeanette Sefton proudly receiving the award on behalf of all Trust staff from Graham Harries, Chief Executive of CHKS Limited and Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the King’s Fund.

In this year’s programme a number of NHS Trusts have improved their performance in the indicators selected by CHKS, making the achievement of a place in the top 40 that much harder. In addition, more trusts entered the programme this year than last year.

Using the most up to date data available to the NHS, 18 performance indicators (listed below), including mortality rates and MRSA rates, cancelled procedures and information from patient surveys, are used to assess clinical effectiveness, outcomes, efficiency and patient-carer experience.

Notes to Editors

The independent CHKS review covers the whole of the United Kingdom and looks at the performance of one hundred and twenty hospitals. The Study is not a league table and all the hospital trusts entered into the programme because they wanted their performance to be measured against recognised clinical healthcare standards.

1. Risk adjusted mortality index
2. Emergency readmission rates (within 28 days of discharge)
3. Emergency readmission rates for fractured hips
4. Discharge of stroke patients to their own home
5. Discharge of patients to home after hip operations
6. Risk adjusted complications index
7. Day case rate for specific procedures (nominated by the British Association of Day Surgery)
8. The number of day case overstays
9. Risk adjusted length of stay index
10. Cost of in-patient activity (case mix adjusted and assessed for market forces)
11. Missed outpatient appointments
12. Procedures not carried out due to hospital decision
13. Proportion of waiting list patients treated who waited less than 6 months
14. Proportion of surgical treatments provided to patients over 65 (case mix & population adjusted)
15. Proportion of surgical treatments provided to patients over 75 (case mix & population adjusted)
16. Staff survey across hospitals to assess the impact of the NHS as an employer
17. Hospital acquired infection rates (MRSA only)
18. Overall data quality

Each of the 40 Top Hospitals is an achiever of high quality care. The participating hospitals are representative of hospital care across the UK and importantly they were invited to enter the programme.

CHKS is CASP (Clinical Accountability Services Planning and Evaluation) Healthcare Knowledge Services.


Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714
E-mail: matthew.king@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk