PERFORMANCE: The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust is expecting to be named as a mortality outlier in the upcoming Dr Foster Hospital Guide 2011, according to board papers.

In November 2011 Dr Foster will publish the 2011 Hospital Guide, which will include the Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio (HSMR) position for all the trusts in England.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust has an HSMR score that is higher than the national average and is likely to position the trust as a mortality outlier.

Over the last year there has been a significant improvement in the HSMR, especially in the most recent eight months.

HSMR figures are as follows:

  • 115 - HSMR expected to be reported in the 2011 Hospital Guide (Apr 10 - Mar 11)
  • 110 - Latest HSMR (Aug 10 - Jul 11)
  • 86 - Latest “in month” HSMR (Jul 11)
  • 103 - HSMR year to date (Apr - Jul 11)

Key areas of improvement that have been implemented include the introduction of palliative care coding, improvements to the depth of co-morbidity coding and regular reviews of Dr Foster data with the Dr Foster Analysts.