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Super six – again!

Thursday March 13, 2014

Six of the best, again.

For the second time running, Worthing, St Richard’s and Southlands hospitals have been placed in the top category under the new overall rating system used to assess NHS Trusts.

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been placed in ‘Band 6’ under the new ‘Intelligent Monitoring’ system operated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

That is the highest-performing band, comprised of the Trusts judged to be most likely to offer the best and safest care for patients.

This is another welcome vote of confidence in our staff

The new rating system brings together a vast range of factors – it includes mortality rates, staff survey results, and patient feedback, for example – which are brought together in a single rating.

That rating is then used by the CQC to assess which Trusts should be inspected first, and most often.

Altogether there are 150 measures used to assess hospitals, and they were chosen to enable the CQC, and the public, to see whether a Trust is safe, effective, caring, responsive, and well-led.

On all of those yardsticks the Trust is rated as only having one ‘risk’, and no ‘elevated risks’, putting it into the top category.

Cathy Stone, Director of Nursing and Patient Safety, said: “No single piece of information can tell you absolutely everything about a hospital, but these ratings provide a very comprehensive picture of the work we do.

I hope that our top rating – the second successive time we have been given such an accolade – gives patients reassurance that our staff are working hard to do a fantastic job.

“Most of the feedback we receive tells us that people truly value our staff, and this is another welcome vote of confidence in them.”

The CQC’s Intelligent Monitoring results, in full, can be found at www.cqc.org.uk

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