Our quality and safety programme

Nuffield Health Our quality and safety programme Ensuring the safety of our patients, clients and our own staff is of paramount importance to Nuffield Health and our governance systems are guided by one key principle - that quality matters.

Nuffield Health has a track record that spans over half a century, we have built a reputation for high standards of care, professionalism and expertise in delivering health services and we aim for continuous quality improvement in everything we do. When we commit to quality, our customers know we mean it.

There is an active safety and quality programme in place across all services provided by Nuffield Health and this is audited and the outcomes are monitored at every level of the organisation. Fundamentally this means that when things do not go to plan we will put them right and learn the lessons to improve future services.

The Nuffield Health Board publishes an industry-leading integrated governance report which includes the outcomes of the various elements of the safety and quality programme.

Quality & Safety Indicators

We have developed 81 quality performance indicators for internal use in our hospitals to check everything we do against best practice. These indicators are used voluntarily because everyone we work with recognises that quality counts and they want to continuously improve our services. Some of the indicators are driven by the feedback from our customers, some represent internal or regulatory standards.

We publish the outcomes of 10 of these Quality indicators on our website. These are based on what people tell us really matters to them.

Why is this information important to me?

Information about healthcare is important to ensure you get the best advice and treatment. Health is a partnership and this can only be achieved if we share information about our services. This section is a guide which provides further information on issues that we know are important to our customers.

The indicator results for each hospital are published on each hospital homepage. The table below outlines the results for the overall Nuffield Health Hospital group.

     

HCAI DATA

2008

2009

2010

2011

     (as 30 Nov.)
 

MRSA Blood Stream Infection

0011

 MSSA Blood Stream Infection0001

 E coli Blood Stream Infection*n/an/an/a11

 Clostridium difficile cases4456

 Surgical Site Infection Hip replacements86105

 reported number of THR procedures4387371635473512

 % infection rate in THR0.18%0.16%0.28%0.14%

 Surgical Site Infection knee replacements881812

 reported number of TKR procedures4398367232883626

 % infection rate in TKR0.18%0.22%0.55%0.33%

 Cleanliness: satisfaction survey responses----

 Hand Hygiene compliance95%92%**94%94.50%

 * mandatory reporting commenced June 2011    
 ** new method of data collection introduced