Trust in the running for data award

A HEALTH trust is in the running for a top hospital award for the second year running.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust won the data quality award in the 2011 Top Hospitals programme, and has been shortlisted for this year’s award which recognises the accurate clinical coding and data quality in ensuring hospitals offer cost-effective and high quality care.

Ann Farrar, chief operating officer at the trust, said: “We were delighted to win this award last year and are pleased to be in the running to retain the title.

“We pride ourselves in the quality of our data and good quality data is key to our desire to further improve our services for patients.”

The awards are run by CHKS.

Jason Harries, managing director of CHKS, said: “Information is playing an increasingly important role in healthcare delivery.

“Clinicians and managers rely on accurate data to make decisions about the delivery of care and to help them make improvements in the care they provide.

“Our data quality awards highlight the very best performance in clinical coding quality and completeness.”

The winner will be announced on May 1.