Western Sussex Hospitals have joined up with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals to form a new NHS Foundation Trust for our area: University Hospitals Sussex.

You can keep using this website for information about St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals but for our other sites and to find out more about the new trust please visit www.uhsussex.nhs.uk.

CQC rating: Outstanding

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for the second time in a row.

It is also the first non-specialist acute hospital trust to be given an Outstanding rating on all six of the key measures on which the CQC assesses all NHS organisations – and the only one to be Outstanding for safety.

The trust was inspected during June, July and August 2019, with the inspectors’ final report published on October 22.


The CQC assesses health organisations on five quality domains, asking whether they are:

  • Safe
  • Effective
  • Caring
  • Responsive
  • Well-led

It also carries out a ‘use of resources’ inspection to assess how well trusts manage these.

Western Sussex received an Outstanding rating on all six measures.

In our December 2015 inspection, the trust rated as Outstanding for effectiveness, caring and being well-led, Good for safety and Requires Improvement for responsiveness. It was not assessed for its use of resources.

Hospital results

St Richard’s and Worthing Hospitals were both rated Outstanding and Southlands was rated good.

Southlands was inspected only for Outpatients and Diagnostics, where it saw its rating for responsiveness improve from Requires Improvement to Good.

Service results

Critical care services at St Richard’s and Worthing Hospitals were a focus of this year’s inspection, having been rated as Requires Improvement in 2015.

CQC ratings published April 2016

This time, our critical care teams retained their Outstanding rating in the Caring domain and improved in each of the other four to earn an Outstanding overall.

Outpatients and Diagnostics also improved their responsiveness rating from requires Improvement to Good.

CQC ratings published October 2019

The full report is published on the CQC website – www.cqc.org.uk/provider/RYR/reports

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