‘Re­mark­able’ u-turn for Wex­ham Park Hospi­tal

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FRIM­LEY Health is cel­e­brat­ing an award for its con­tin­u­ing work to im­prove the safety of pa­tients in its hos­pi­tals.

The trust was vic­to­ri­ous in the Pa­tient Safety cat­e­gory at the re­cent Health Busi­ness Awards.

It was Frim­ley’s third suc­ces­sive year of success at the event, hav­ing re­ceived the Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment in Health­care hon­our in 2014 and 2015.

The Pa­tient Safety Award recog­nises hos­pi­tals which have made great strides in pro­vid­ing a safe en­vi­ron­ment for pa­tients and acted to reduce hospi­tal ac­quired in­fec­tions and mor­tal­ity rates.

It was pre­sented by GP and me­dia per­son­al­ity Dr Sarah Jarvis at a cer­e­mony in Lon­don.

The ci­ta­tion praised the ‘re­mark­able’ turn­around at Wex­ham Park Hospi­tal since it was ac­quired by the trust in 2014, with the Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion (CQC) now recog­nis­ing a strong pa­tient safety cul­ture at the hospi­tal.

The ci­ta­tion added: “Avoid­able harm rates have been sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced, a ‘Sign up to Safety’ cam­paign saw 500 staff make per­sonal pledges to im­prove safety and for­mal com­plaints at Heather­wood and Wex­ham Park fell by 62% over the last year.”

The CQC in­spec­tion re­port pub­lished this year rated Wex­ham Park as ‘good’.

It had pre­vi­ously been rated ‘in­ad­e­quate’.

Eng­land’s chief in­spec­tor of hos­pi­tals hailed it the most im­pres­sive ex­am­ple of im­prove­ment the CQC had seen un­der its new ap­proach to inspections.

An­nounc­ing the award, Dr Jarvis said the de­ci­sion taken by Frim­ley Park and Heather­wood and Wex­ham Park to come to­gether was a coura­geous one that had paid off.

The cer­tifi­cate was ac­cepted by Wendy Jar­dine, deputy head of pa­tient safety, and Sophie Porter, lead nurse for pa­tient safety.

Wendy said: “It was an hon­our for us to ac­cept the award on be­half of the trust and it re­flects the huge amount of work that ev­ery­one put in to turn around per­for­mance at Wex­ham in par­tic­u­lar.

“Af­ter the CQC re­sults ear­lier this year this lat­est award has fin­ished 2016 off nicely.”

The award is the lat­est hon­our for Frim­ley Health in 2016. It came out top in the Char­tered In­sti­tute of Per­son­nel and De­vel­op­ment’s (CIPD) Peo­ple Man­age­ment Awards in Septem­ber and it was named Best Or­gan­i­sa­tion at the Pa­tient Safety Awards, run by the Health Ser­vice Jour­nal and the Nurs­ing Times in July.

Im­prov­ing safety: Wex­ham Park Hospi­tal

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