The NHS Litigation Authority is an organisation which handles negligence claims and works to improve risk management practices in the NHS - effectively an insurance company for clinical claims.
The Trust pays an annual premium to cover legal costs which in high profile cases may result in multi-million pound damages. Improving UCLH’s risk rating means a safer environment for patients and also means a lower NHSLA premium – an annual saving of around £590,000.
Last week after assessing the Trust’s performance against 50 standards covering governance, workforce, safety, clinical care and learning, the NHSLA confirmed that UCLH had achieved compliance with the NHSLA Level 3, the highest national ranking for acute Trusts.
Sir Robert Naylor, UCLH chief executive, said: “This is a major achievement and gives a very clear message that UCLH takes risk very seriously and that it is a safe place for patients, staff and visitors.
“In achieving this we have once again been able to demonstrate that we are a top performing NHS trust – only one in seven achieve this level nationally. In London , we are one of only five who met this standard.”
The NHSLA looks at all aspects of hospital risk within 50 standards. Trusts are required to achieve a score of at least 40 out of 50 and UCLH scored 45. An action plan will be developed to address the five areas where the Trust failed
An interim inspection from the Trust’s NHSLA assessor is expected next year to establish what progress is being made. The next formal assessment is in three years.
Sir Robert added: "Thanks to everybody who was involved in the process of preparing for this visit and compiling the evidence. In particular I want to thank those of you who have led the work to achieve the 50 standards including Sandra Hallett, director of quality and safety, and her team who have worked tirelessly to get the Trust to a position where we could be assessed and pass the assessment so comprehensively."