Southampton’s teaching hospitals have been shortlisted for a prestigious national award which recognises excellence and continuous improvement in healthcare.
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, which employs more than 10,000 staff and provides specialist services across central southern England and the Channel Islands, is among seven organisations competing to be named the Health Service Journal’s ‘provider trust of the year’.
Among the achievements and innovations noted by the competition’s judges was the performance of Southampton Children’s Hospital, which has some of the best outcomes in the country for paediatric intensive care and children’s heart surgery.
UHS also has one of the largest laparoscopic liver and pancreatic surgery programme in the world at Southampton General Hospital and was the first in the UK to offer an enhanced recovery programme for this patient group.
In addition, the trust pioneered day-case operations for brain tumours and non-invasive techniques for the treatment of enlarged prostate to prevent the need for surgery and an overnight stay, as well as leading in the use of revolutionary chemosaturation therapy for a rare form of liver cancer.
UHS has been designated part of the national 100,000 Genomes Project, which aims to enhance the development and delivery of personalised medical care within the next five years, and is consistently one of the UK's highest recruiting trusts of patients to the latest clinical trials.
The year has also seen the trust deliver the waiting time targets for elective consultant care and for cancer treatments, as well as some of the shortest waits in the UK for specialist work such as cardiac surgery.
UHS, which also runs the Princess Anne Hospital, hospice Countess Mountbatten House and the New Forest Birth Centre, scored in the top 20% of trusts in the country for staff engagement following the most recent national staff survey and was named best acute teaching trust to work at based on an analysis of the survey results by group Listening into Action.
Fiona Dalton, chief executive of UHS, said: “It really is such a credit to staff throughout the organisation to be shortlisted for this award as it not only recognises the quality of care and services, but also the diversity of the work being carried out in our hospitals every day and night.
“Our staff are driven to provide the best possible care to patients, which is evident from the constant desire to develop and try new things, and it is that passion which ensures consistently high performance.”
She added: “We are all here to try to give patients the best possible care and the most recent Friends and Family Test showed we were rated above the national average for positive feedback in all three areas – inpatients, the emergency department and maternity.
“This feedback, along with the shortlisting for this award, are fantastic achievements in what are very challenging times for the NHS and demonstrate our commitment to providing quality at all times.”
The winner will be announced at the HSJ Awards 2015 on 18 November at Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
Posted on Monday 28 September 2015