UCLH among the safest NHS trusts 

25/10/2013 00:00 
UCLH (University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) has been identified by the NHS regulator as offering the safest and most effective care to its patients.

The Care Quality Commission today released its findings based on 150 indicators across a range of data including death rates, serious errors and patient surveys.

UCLH was one of 37 trusts to receive the lowest risk rating of six (with a rating of one posing the highest risk). The scores are based on routinely available data.

Professor Tony Mundy, UCLH Medical Director, said: “Ensuring patients receive safe care and have a positive experience is our number one priority at UCLH. It’s pleasing to be recognised as having the lowest risk but we are not complacent – we need to ensure that every single patient we treat receives the best possible care.”

The findings have been released as part of the regulator's new hospital inspection regime, which will see inspectors go into every trust by 2015.

The first inspections got under way in September and by Christmas the first 18 will have been completed.

UCLH is due to receive its inspection this month after volunteering to be included as one of the ‘low risk’ trusts to help inform the new system.

The CQC’s new operating model includes four key components:

• Registration
• Intelligent monitoring
• Expert inspection
• Judgement

They use intelligent monitoring of more than 150 different indicators to direct  resources to where they are most needed.

CQC analysts have developed this monitoring to give its inspectors a clear picture of the areas of care that need to be followed up within an NHS acute trust.

Together with local information from partners and the public, this monitoring helps the CQC to decide when, where and what to inspect.

Hospital chief inspector Prof Sir Mike Richards likened the risk review to a form of "screening".

He said: "Our intelligent monitoring helps to give us a good picture of risk within trusts, showing us where we need to focus our inspections."

For more information visit the Care Quality Commission website here

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