Health Trust Wins National Patient Safety Award


The Trust has won the CHKS Top Hospitals programme National Patient Safety Award for 2018. The CHKS Top Hospitals awards celebrate excellence throughout the UK, and are given to acute sector organisations for their achievements in healthcare quality and improvement.

The Patient Safety Award is a national award for outstanding performance in providing a safe hospital environment for patients. It is based on a range of 16 indicators, including rates of hospital-acquired infections and mortality. This award reflects care in the Ulster Hospital, Lagan Valley Hospital and Downe Hospital.

Director of Hospital Services Seamus McGoran said “We are delighted to be the only Trust from Northern Ireland to receive one of these prestigious awards, and indeed one of only nine recipients across the UK.  Patient safety and infection control are amongst our highest priorities and I must pay tribute to staff across all our acute hospitals who do an excellent job.”

CHKS, part of Capita Healthcare Decisions, has used over 27 years of experience in the analysis of hospital data to decide the indicators on which each of the Top Hospitals programme awards are judged. The data comes from the information that is regularly submitted by hospitals to NHS Digital to help track performance.

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.”

Kevin McDonnell, Business Director, Capita Healthcare Decisions, said: “The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust should take pride in having won on the basis of our analysis of patient safety indicators.”

The CHKS Top Hospitals programme awards were held in London and hosted by NHS Confederation Chief Executive, Niall Dickson with guest speaker Dr Ed Coates. Over 200 guests attended, including leaders from across the healthcare sector.

Pictured receiving the award is Emma Hannaway (Head of Performance Improvement & Commissioning, South Eastern HSC Trust), Teresa Mungur (Clinical Manager Paediatrics, South Eastern HSC Trust) with Niall Dickson (Chief Executive, NHS Confederation) and Dr Charles Young (Medical Director, Capita)