UCLH board wins prestigious award 

20/11/2013 00:00 
UCLH has received one of the most coveted awards in the NHS for delivering ‘outstanding patient care’.

At last night’s Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards, UCLH scooped the prize for Board Leadership. The judging panel said the UCLH board was an: “excellent example of outstanding clinical leadership delivering outstanding patient care.”

UCLH’s board is unique in that over half of its directors are clinicians. In the past year it has presided over an organisation which has recorded the lowest mortality rates in the country and been the top trust in London on the quality index which measures performance across a range of areas.

The 2013 HSJ Awards were the most competitive in their 32 year history with more than 1,000 entries. It is the largest celebration of healthcare excellence in the UK, highlighting the most innovative and successful people and projects in the sector.

Sir Robert Naylor, UCLH chief executive, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for everybody associated with UCLH and a ringing endorsement for our hard working and dedicated staff.

“Delivering the very best patient care requires the very best clinical leadership. That is why the UCLH board has at its heart, directors who are from a medical background. This allows us to make decisions and set priorities according to what really matters to patients.

“On behalf of the board I would like to congratulate everybody who works at UCLH for continuing to deliver some of the best services the NHS has to offer.”

Richard Murley, UCLH chairman, said: “This is an award for the whole organisation. It is only because of the commitment and expertise of UCLH staff that decisions taken at board level have such a positive impact for the patients we treat.”

HSJ award winners

UCLH was shortlisted for two other awards – Provider Trust of the Year and Patient Safety for its pioneering work on the ward safety checklist. We were also included in shortlisted UCLPartners entry about reducing the number of cardiac arrests in hospital.

The awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane was hosted by Channel 4 News anchorman Jon Snow who praised UCLH’s A&E staff for their care when he recently fell off his bike.

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan said: “2013 will be remembered as the year the Francis report exposed the full scale of the care failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust. It painted a picture of an organisation where the basic values of compassionate healthcare had been lost.

“There can surely be no better time, then, to recognise and celebrate those healthcare organisations working to ensure that compassion is at the centre of everything they do… they show a health service successfully finding ways to deal with very complex challenges in a very complex time.”

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