NHS Borders has been rewarded for its excellent healthcare by being named among the UK’s top 40 hospitals.
Caspe Healthcare Knowledge Systems (CHKS) created the Top 40 awards in 2001, in order to recognise outstanding work fields such as patient safety and data management.
The 40 Top Hospitals award is one of several awards that are part of the CHKS Top Hospitals programme.
As well as national awards for patient safety, quality of care and data quality, CHKS celebrates excellence amongst its 400 clients across the UK. The 40Top award is based on the evaluation of 22 key performance indicators covering safety, clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care.
John Raine, NHS Borders chair said: “This is a tremendous and well deserved achievement for NHS Borders.
“To be highlighted as one the 40 Top trusts and boards in the UK is outstanding.”
He added: “Receiving national recognition through this award programme should give reassurance to the patients and staff that NHS Borders is amongst the highest performers in the UK when it comes to data quality, safety and care.”
Alasdair Pattinson, NHS borders general manager and Diane Keddie, NHS Borders interim associate director of nursing were at Last week’s annual awards ceremony in London, picking up the award on behalf of the health board.
Alasdair said: “We are delighted to accept this award on behalf of NHS Borders. The commitment from our staff makes achievements like these possible and we are very proud to be part of this event.”
The CHKS Top Hospitals programme awards were held in London on May 13 and were attended by over 200 guests including leaders from across the healthcare sector including NHS England, Monitor, the Trust Development Authority and various trusts.
Jason Harries, managing director, CHKS said: “This year we celebrate our 25th anniversary so it is a fitting occasion to reward excellence in the NHS.
“These awards recognise outstanding performance in those areas which we believe are critical to delivering good patient care.
“We are delighted that NHS Borders is one of our 40Top Hospitals in this special year for our awards.”
Meanwhile, NHS Borders continues to make progress in developing a “pioneering and innovative model” for the provision of unscheduled care, according to medical director Sheena MacDonald.
The health board is concentrating particularly on redesigning services , based on a nurse-led model of out of hours care.