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County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust named as one of the CHKS 40Top Hospitals 2012

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is one of the CHKS 40Top Hospitals for the fifth year running. These awards celebrate excellence amongst UK NHS trusts and are based on the evaluation of key areas such as safety, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care.

Healthcare intelligence and improvement services specialist CHKS last night announced the winners of its Top Hospitals programme awards at a ceremony in London. The 40Top Hospitals award is one of several awards that are part of this awards programme.

As well as individual national awards for patient safety, quality of care and data quality, CHKS celebrates excellence amongst its clients across the UK with the 40Top Hospitals award. This award is based on the evaluation of 23 key performance indicators covering safety, clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care.
Diane Murphy, Acting Director of Nursing for County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation  Trust, said: "We are delighted that the hard work of staff and our continuing commitment to improving patient care has been recognised with this award for a fifth year running. It is particularly pleasing that we have been recognised in the year which saw the organisation merge with community health services to become a provider of both hospital and community healthcare services. This reflects the commitment and determination of our, now 8,000 strong workforce, to deliver the highest standards of care and to consistently improve patient experience."

Jason Harries, managing director, CHKS said: "We are delighted that County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is one of our 40Top Hospitals for 2012. These awards recognise outstanding performance in 23 areas which we believe are critical to delivering good patient care."

Published: 3 May 2012

'I have to compliment everyone on their pleasant persona and their expertise and knowledge. By the end of the 5 days, I did not feel as though I had been in a hospital ward and was very relaxed.'

Patient, Ward 16 Orthopaedics, University Hospital of North Durham