Christie rated ‘Out­stand­ing’ by watch­dog


Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By SAM YAR­WOOD sam.yar­ @sam­yarwood89

THE Christie has been rated as Out­stand­ing again by the health watch­dog – mak­ing it the first spe­cial­ist hospi­tal in the coun­try to re­ceive the top rat­ing twice.

A re­port pub­lished by the Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion (CQC) de­scribed the Withing­ton hospi­tal as a ‘leader in can­cer care,’ prais­ing its work to de­velop new treat­ments and go the ex­tra mile for pa­tients.

In­spec­tors vis­ited The Christie NHS Foun­da­tion Trust in July this year and rated it Out­stand­ing over­all, as well as in four out of five key in­spec­tion ar­eas - ‘ef­fec­tive,’ ‘car­ing,’ ‘re­spon­sive’ and ‘well-led.’

It was rated as Good for safety.

The pos­i­tive cul­ture within the trust which treats more than 40,000 pa­tients a year – was also sin­gled out by the watch­dog, as well as its ‘pas­sion for high qual­ity care and in­no­va­tive prac­tice.’

Roger Spencer, chief ex­ec­u­tive of The Christie, said: “We are very proud to be the first spe­cial­ist hospi­tal to be rated as Out­stand­ing by the CQC for the sec­ond time.

“The rat­ing is the high­est we could have been given and it is tes­ta­ment to the ded­i­cated, ex­pert staff in ev­ery Christie de­part­ment and site who work tire­lessly to give the very best care and treat­ment to our can­cer pa­tients.

“Those pa­tients are at the heart of ev­ery­thing we do. “Notwith­stand­ing these fan­tas­tic re­sults, it is the cul­ture of The Christie to pur­sue re­lent­lessly in­no­va­tions that de­liver even bet­ter out­comes for our pa­tients.” The Christie was pre­vi­ously given the Out­stand­ing rat­ing fol­low­ing an in­spec­tion in May, 2016. The CQC’s chief in­spec­tor of hos­pi­tals, Prof Ted Baker, said: “We re­ported in 2016 that The Christie was of ex­cep­tional qual­ity and a leader in its field, help­ing to shape the fu­ture of can­cer care. “This pas­sion for high qual­ity care and in­no­va­tive prac­tice has con­tin­ued, and we have found them to be Out­stand­ing for a sec­ond time. “Our in­spec­tors again heard and saw great ex­am­ples of pa­tient care which were de­liv­ered by ex­cep­tion­ally car­ing staff. “Peo­ple told us that they felt like part­ners in their care plan­ning and staff were ex­tremely re­spon­sive to their chang­ing needs. “When we in­spected whether the trust was wellled, we found that the lead­er­ship was able to demon­strate that they had ex­per­tise and were com­mit­ted to and ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing high qual­ity sus­tain­able care. “There was a clear fo­cus on con­struc­tive en­gage­ment through­out the trust, invit­ing chal­lenge to drive im­prove­ments in the ser­vice. “This led to high lev­els of sat­is­fac­tion by pa­tients, staff, and stake­hold­ers. “A sec­ond ‘Out­stand­ing’ rat­ing is a well-de­served achieve­ment. Every­one at the trust should be very proud.” Prof Ted Baker

Char­lie Proc­tor

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