Northern Devon Healthcare is one of the most-improved NHS Trusts in the country, a new analysis reveals today (Monday 16 June).
A report from the Healthcare Commission (HCC), which monitors standards across the NHS, puts the Trust in the top ten for progress between 2006/07 and 2007/08.
The Trust also assessed itself as complying with the key standard on having systems to reduce the risk of infection, with high levels of cleanliness and hygiene, and year-on-year reductions in MRSA.
Northern Devon’s submission to the HCC, which will form the basis for this autumn’s Annual Health Check results, shows it met all requirements in 37 out of 43 categories throughout 2007/08. The remaining six categories were fully met by the end of March 2008.
This marks a major improvement since 2006/07, when the Trust met 24 standards throughout the year.
Chief Executive Jac Kelly said, “We’re extremely proud of the progress we’ve made this year. We now have the systems in place to demonstrate that the care we provide to patients is excellent and meets their expectations. Rising above the ‘weak/weak’ rating of last year also means we won’t be subject to the DH’s planned performance-management regime for failing Trusts.
“As of today, we believe we’re meeting all the national standards, which is a tribute to the efforts of staff across the Trust. I’d like to thank everyone who has played their part.
“The improvements are part of a wider pattern that suggests the future is really bright for local healthcare. We’re back in the black after our financial troubles, we’re about to embark on a £23.5m refurbishment of North Devon District Hospital, and we’ll soon be launching our vision for the future.”
The Healthcare Commission focuses on seven essential areas:
- care environment and amenities
- clinical and cost effectiveness
- patient focus
- accessible and responsive care
- public health
These are broken down into the 43 categories, which range from the reporting of incidents and levels of training to patient information and the involvement of patients and local people.
The Healthcare Commission will now verify the submission, along with those of all trusts around the country, before publishing its Annual Health Check in October.
Jac Kelly said:
The Trust’s submission to the Healthcare Commission is available here