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18 October 2007

Papworth Hospital achieves highest result of 'Excellent' in national Healthcare Commission ratings

Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has achieved the top score of ‘Excellent’ in the Healthcare Commission’s 2006/2007 annual health check NHS performance ratings.

As the health watchdog in England, the Healthcare Commission’s annual health check is the most comprehensive ever assessment of performance in the NHS. Papworth Hospital scored ‘Excellent’ for both of the categories assessed - for its ‘Quality of Services’, which covers a range of areas including safety of patients, cleanliness and waiting times, and ‘Use of Resources’ which looks at how well the organisation manages its finances.

The health check reviews all NHS trusts based on 24 core standards in areas such as safety, clinical effectiveness and patient focus. These scores are based on a range of information gathered throughout the year, including service reviews and inspections, as well as the data collected by other organisations.

The survey reviewed all 394 NHS trusts in the country and Papworth was one of only 5% of Trusts who scored ‘Excellent’ in both categories.

Robert McEwan, Director of Operations comments: “We are delighted that Papworth has scored ‘Excellent’ in this national ratings review. This is the highest result possible and demonstrates the tremendous team work of our staff at Papworth who have contributed to this outstanding result. ’’

Stephen Bridge, Chief Executive adds: “This is a marvellous result for Papworth Hospital and one that all our staff can be proud of. Excellence in patient care is what we continue to strive for and this top result acknowledges our continued efforts.”

Information on the Healthcare Commission

The Healthcare Commission is the health watchdog in England. It keeps check on health services to ensure that they are meeting standards in a range of areas. The Commission also promotes improvements in the quality of healthcare and public health in England through independent, authoritative, patient-centred assessments of those who provide services.

Further information on the Healthcare Commission is available at: www.healthcarecommission.org.uk


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