THE Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is celebrating after scooping a national award for its excellence in maternity care.
The trust, which oversees Queen’s Hospital in Burton, was judged to have the best quality of maternity care out of 148 NHS providers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland after a shortlist was finalised in February following an analysis of nine clinical indicators as well as three indicators from the Care Quality Commission’s 2013 maternity survey. It received the honour from the UK’s independent provider of healthcare intelligence and quality improvement, CHKS.
Judging for the award was based on a combination of maternity care data, detailed written submissions and site visits. The panel included Judy Ledger, CEO and founder of the national charity Baby Lifeline and Jeanne Lythgoe from the Directorate of Midwifery, Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Salford. CHKS explained that Burton Hospitals had won the award after they were impressed by the passion and dedication of the staff in each one of the organisations.
Chief Executive Helen Ashley said: “This is a great achievement and I’m extremely proud of our team of consultants, doctors, midwives and support staff. They provide the highest quality care to our patients all year round and I’m delighted that their hard work and achievements have been recognized by CHKS.
“We continuously receive positive feedback from patients and family members about their experience of our maternity service and the excellent care they have received from the maternity team.”
CHKS managing director Jason Harries said judges were looking for something extra that would set the winning trust aside from the rest. He said: “We found Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to be an organisation that listens to mothers and their wider family and provides personalized care that does everything possible to give women a natural birth with minimum intervention.
“Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust should take great pride in having won our excellence in maternity care award because it is a genuine reflection of the quality of the maternity services that it provides.”