An Outstanding success at Tameside Hospital
09 March 2016



 Today, Tameside Hospital is celebrating being awarded an ‘outstanding’ status by the Department of Health.


In a brand new ‘Learning from mistakes’ league table, hospitals from across the country have been scored using information from the 2015 NHS Staff Survey and the National Reporting Learning System on how effective they are around:

-          Fairness and effectiveness of procedures for reporting errors, near misses and incidents;

-          Staff confidence and security in reporting unsafe clinical practice, and;

-          Percentage of staff able to contribute towards improvements at work.

Out of 230 hospitals in the country, only 18 are ranked as outstanding. Tameside Hospital came in at eight place out of 230 and were one of just two trusts in Greater Manchester to be scored as outstanding.

This result reflects some of the excellent work that the hospital has undertaken over the past three years. In 2013 the hospital set out on a ‘journey of improvement’ to ensure all services were safe and that staff felt confident and able to raise any concerns. This was backed up by a hospital-wide campaign called: If in doubt Speak out, which was endorsed by the Secretary of State, Rt. Hon Jeremy Hunt during his visit to the hospital in July 2015.

When asked about the result, Karen James, chief executive said: “These results show how far the hospital has come over the last few years. We have recently received some fantastic feedback from the recent NHS Staff Survey about how engaged the staff feel, and now we’ve been rated as outstanding in learning from mistakes. We have always said that Tameside Hospital is a learning hospital, which means we look at how we can make improvements and do things better for the benefit of our patients. These results today show that this approach is paying dividends.”

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