• Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust tops league for “openness and honesty”
  • East Sussex Healthcare Trust at bottom of table
  • Creation of league revealed by HSJ last month
  • See the full rankings

The Department of Health has published a “learning from mistakes league”, ranking trusts on their “openness and honesty” based on data on safety reporting and the NHS staff survey.

The table, the creation of which was revealed by HSJ last month, splits trusts into four divisions: those with “outstanding levels” of openness and transparency, those which are “good”, those which have “significant concerns”, and those with a “poor reporting culture”.

It is topped by Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust; followed by Oxleas Foundation Trust; The Royal Marsden Foundation Trust; Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys Foundation Trust; and Salisbury Foundation Trust.

Others with “outstanding levels” include Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust; Tameside Hospital Foundation Trust; and Cambridgeshire Community Services Trust.

At the bottom of the rankings is East Sussex Healthcare Trust, which number 230 in the table.

Other trusts deemed to have a “poor reporting culture” include Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust; Medway Foundation Trust; Heart of England Foundation Trust; Barts Health Trust; and St George’s University Hospitals Foundation Trust.

The NHS staff survey measures that contribute to the rankings include: fairness and effectiveness of procedures for reporting incidents; staff confidence in reporting unsafe practice; and how confident staff feel in contributing to improvements.

The DH said the data could could not be used to identify “cover ups”, but said those at the bottom of the league would have to look at their reporting practices and work with staff on these issues.

Trusts ranked in 'learning from mistakes' league