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Outstanding Achievement in Healthcare

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Awarded to an NHS organisation that has achieved success in its role and brought benefits to the wider NHS through the dedication and expertise of its staff.

2019 Winner

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

In total, six of nine key service areas – urgent and emergency services, surgery, critical care, maternity, end of life care and services for children and young people – are now rated outstanding ‐ two more than at the last inspection. The Trust’s biggest hospitals (the RVI and the Freeman) along with the Dental Hospital also received the top rating. This year, Newcastle‐upon‐Tyne was one of the top performing health Trusts in the country for its A&E target) end of life care and diagnostic imaging all received incredibly positive reports.

2019 Outstanding Achievement Award winner: Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Guys and St Thomas NHS Trust
Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

2018 Winner

Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The Trust became the first acute trust in the London region to receive an Outstanding rating for being well‐led. Cancer care is a particular area of excellence for the trust, consistently being one of the best performing trusts in London for achieving targets and chosen to be part of a pilot to cut the waiting times down even more. Dementia care, palliative care and sexual health services have all received praise.

2018 Outstanding Achievement Award winner: Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
London Ambulance Service

2017 Winner

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

In March of this year, UH Bristol became the first Trust in the country to go from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Outstanding’ between two inspections. A groundbreaking initiative that has allowed staff to provide feedback is the Trust’s Happy App; an interactive system for all colleagues to report back to their senior colleagues how they are feeling, and suggestions of improvements that can be made.

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust


Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Inclusion (South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust

2016 Winner

Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust

After returning to NHS management on 1 April 2015 after a period in private control, Hinchingbrooke Hospital is out of special measures, with the latest CQC report from August this year now rating all of the trusts’ services as Good. As well as several areas of outstanding practice, the latest patient survey reports show improvements in food quality. A merger with Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals is planned for April 2017.

Outstanding Achievement in Healthcare 2016 Winner: Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust



Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
East London NHS Foundation Trust

2015 Winner

Frimley Health NHS Trust

The patient-centred culture at this year's winning trust is evidence of strong leadership. Staff have been praised for their pre-natal care and cancer support, and biomedical scientists from its pathology department recognised in their efforts to combat the spread of the Ebola Virus.


Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust