National recognition for Trust's improvement of services


Southampton’s university hospitals have collected a top national award for improving services and performance.

The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) announced Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust as winners of clinical audit programme of the year 2008-09 at a ceremony held in Sutton Coldfield.

The audit programme has seen significant improvements in delivery of correct thromboprophylaxis (measures taken to prevent blood clots following surgery or medical admission), hand hygiene throughout the Trust and access to CT scanning following strokes and head injuries.  

Judges selected SUHT above the other shortlisted candidates for the Trust’s comprehensive programme and high level of performance improvements in re-audits.

Martin Stephens, associate medical director of clinical effectiveness and medicines, collected the award, presented by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of the NHS, on behalf of SUHT.

“The Trust has beaten tough competition to win this prestigious award and it is a measure of just how hard everybody has worked and how successful front-line staff have made the audit programme here in Southampton,” he said.

The runners-up in this category were Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust.

Posted on Tuesday 12 May 2009