Worthing hospital has been placed in the top category under the new rating system used to assess NHS Trusts.
Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which includes Worthing Hospital was placed in ‘Band 6’ under the new ‘Intelligent Monitoring’ classification operated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Band 6 is the highest-performing band, comprised of the Trusts judged to offer the best and safest care for patients. The new rating system brings together a huge range of factors – everything from mortality rates to infection control, junior doctor satisfaction, and staff training – to provide a baseline rating for the CQC to use to judge which Trusts should be inspected first, and most often.
Altogether there are 150 measures used to assess hospitals, and they were chosen to enable the CQC, and the public, to see whether a Trust is safe, effective, caring, responsive, and well-led.
Cathy Stone, Director of Nursing and Patient Safety, said: “This is perhaps the most comprehensive single assessment of hospital standards yet published, and so our top rating represents a welcome vote of confidence in our fantastic staff. I also hope that patients and carers are reassured that the staff they see every day are recognised as doing a fantastic job.
“Clearly, hospitals are hugely complicated organisations, working under great pressures, and so nobody is pretending that this rating means that we get everything right, all the time. However, our of our biggest priorities is to be a Trust which is listens to criticism and is ready to learn, so that when something does go wrong we make the necessary improvements. Ultimately, having that open culture is essential if we want to continue to provide high quality, safe patient care.”
The CQC’s Intelligent Monitoring results, in full, can be found at www.cqc.org.uk