4th June 2009
Food, environment, privacy and dignity at Alder Hey have all been rated ‘Excellent’ in the latest PEAT scores published by the National Patient and Safety Agency.
This achievement follows welcome news that the Care Quality Commission (the new regulator of standards within the NHS, Social Care and Mental Health) has reversed its decision to place ‘conditions’ upon the registration of Alder Hey which caused serious concern among staff and patients in April.
The Commission has now accepted evidence submitted by Alder Hey that outlined the steps the Trust takes to secure the safety of children and a formal Certificate of Registration has now been issued.
Chief Executive Louise Shepherd said: "We are delighted that the Trust has yet again achieved ‘Excellent’ scores in the latest PEAT assessment. This is very welcome news as is the reversal of the Care Quality Commission’s decision to register us with conditions.
"These conditions related to our compliance with one aspect of the Hygiene Code concerning procedures in microbial pharmacy. The decision gave an inaccurate and misleading message about cleanliness and patient safety about a hospital which has one of the lowest infection rates in the country.
"I believe that the decisions by PEAT and the CQC are a clear vindication of the very high standards we subscribe to here at Alder Hey. I wish to congratulate every member of staff for their contribution to these excellent results and we remain committed to maintaining the levels of excellence for which we are renowned."
PEAT (Patient Environment Action Teams) were established in 2000 to assess NHS hospitals. The teams, made up of NHS staff, directors, patients and members of the public annually assess every inpatient healthcare facility in England.