PERFORMANCE: Heatherwood and Wexham Park Foundation Trust has reported a steady improvement on some quality indicators since the introduction of the NHS Safety Thermometer.

The percentage of “harm free” patients increased from 89 per cent to 92 per cent between April and June, taking the trust from below the national average to above it.

Most of the improvement is explained by a dramatic drop in the proportion of patients experiencing a fall – dropping from 3.6 per cent to 1.6 per cent.

The proportion of patients developing pressures ulcers also fell from 1.9 per cent to 1.6 per cent.

However the trust’s high proportion of patients with a urinary tract infection rose from 8 per cent to 8.1 per cent. This compares with a national figure of 1.7 per cent, though the trust has a higher proportion of catheterised patients than England as a whole.

The percentage of patients discharged within 16 days has also risen from 60 per cent to 69 per cent, though is still short of the trust’s 75 per cent target.

However the level of caesarean section births rose across the quarter from 26.1 per cent to 28.3 per cent – nearly five percentage points higher than target.