WINNER: Sherwood Forest Hospitals FT

The judges were impressed by the five-year improvement journey to outstanding. They also appreciated the humble and authentic presentation of the trust’s improvements. Sharing of good practice and outreach to support other organisations across the NHS supported the view that their internal improvements were sustainable.

There was also a good balance of evidence and measurement, coupled with patient and staff experience and feedback. The use of patient and staff stories to demonstrate the improvements was admirable and showcased the role of Sherwood as an anchor institution in the community, the judges stated.

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Northumbria Healthcare FT


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