BSUH shortlisted for national health award

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH) has been shortlisted for ‘Acute or Specialist Trust of the Year’ in this year’s prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards.

This recognises the significant improvements made by the Trust which has exited special measures for both finance and quality. In January the Trust was also rated ‘Good’ overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – one of the fastest and most significant trust improvements to date.

Chief Executive, Dame Marianne Griffiths, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted for Acute or Specialist Trust of the Year. This really recognises the incredible team work and dedication of our staff.

“Everyone across our hospitals is committed to delivering the best possible care for patients, and to be chosen among the other incredible nominees is a wonderful achievement.  We know there is still work to be done and this nomination is a real boost for staff as we continue to improve and develop our services.”

The judging panel, made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community, shortlisted BSUH in a tough competition with hundreds of excellent applicants.

The Trust has been selected based on its ambition and the positive impact its Patient First improvement work has made on patient and staff experience. This has given staff the training, tools and confidence to develop and drive change themselves.

The judges looked at the five priorities BSUH set itself and the significant progress made against each one:

  • Quality – rated ‘Good’ overall and ‘Outstanding’ for caring by the CQC and taken out of special measures for quality. Inspectors described a paradigm shift in culture
  • Finance – the Trust achieved the NHSI deficit target with £20m savings, identified a further £30m savings and was taken out of special measures for finance in July 2018
  • Culture – significant improvements in all key areas were seen in the 2018 Staff Survey, notably 77% of staff said patient care is the Trust’s ‘top priority’. More than 400 hundred staff and leaders attended Workforce Race equality Standard and LGBTQ+ conferences, co-designing improvements
  • A&E performance – the A&E team at RSCH were shortlisted for three patient safety awards and went on to win a national acute services redesign award
  • 3Ts – the £485m new hospital development is proceeding as planned with Stage One due to open in 2021

HSJ editor Alistair Mclellan, said: “We would like to congratulate BSUH on being nominated in the category of Acute of Specialist Trust of the Year ahead of this year’s 2019 HSJ awards.

“We are looking forward to welcoming them to the ceremony in November, to join us in recognising the very best achievements and innovations in the healthcare sector. The entrants this year have been of incredible calibre, and each of the finalists in this category have been chosen based on their outstanding commitment to excellence in healthcare.”