PERFORMANCE: East Cheshire NHS Trust has been shortlisted for the CHKS data quality award for England.

The awards programme, which is in its eleventh year, recognises excellence in clinical coding.

East Cheshire is one of five trusts to be shortlisted, following an assessment of all hospitals in the UK, against a number of criteria, including standards of completeness, accuracy and level of detail.

Trust director of nursing, performance and quality Kath Senior said: ‘We are delighted to be shortlisted for this data quality award. Our Clinical Coding Teams work very hard to ensure accurate and complete data, which helps us improve the quality of services for our patients.’

The others in the shortlist are Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. The winner will be announced on 10 May in London.

The indicators used for 2011 were percentage of uncoded episodes, percentage of episodes coded with signs and symptoms as a primary diagnosis, depth of coding, percentage of invalid codes (generating HRGs in the “U” category), number of episodes with blank or invalid specialty code, and number of episodes with blank or invalid consultant code.