13:40 Friday 21 February 2014

Queen's makes top three in national maternity awards

Written byLAURA HAMMOND

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THE maternity service at Queen’s Hospital in Burton has made it to the final three in a prestigious national competition.

Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been named as a finalist in an awards scheme run by CHKS, one of the UK’s leading independent provider of healthcare intelligence and quality improvements.

The trust has beaten off competition from almost 150 providers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to get to this point.

Gill Salmon (pictured), interim head of midwifery at the trust, said: “This is an amazing achievement and I am so proud of the entire team of doctors, midwives and support staff who have made this possible. The CHKS nomination is based on their analysis of clinical outcomes and reflects the quality of care provided.

“Women who choose to birth in our units should feel confident that their care is women-centred and of the highest standard.”

A panel of experts will now visit Queen’s to perform assessments, and the winner will be announced in May.

An initial shortlist of 15 trusts was drawn up following analysis of nine clinical indicators including caesarean rates, length of stay, complications, readmissions and injuries, as well as three indicators from the Care Quality Commission’s 2013 maternity survey .

The 15 Trusts, representing the top 10 per cent of NHS maternity providers, were then invited to submit further evidence about their services.

Jason Harries, managing director of CHKS, said: “These three hospital trusts should be proud that they have reached the final three for our excellence in maternity care award because it is a genuine reflection of the quality of the maternity services that they provide.”

Jason Harries, managing director of CHKS, said: “These three hospital trusts should be proud that they have reached the final three for our excellence in maternity care award because it is a genuine reflection of the quality of the maternity services that they provide.”

The other two finalists are East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust and Western Health and Social Care Trust.

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