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CUH scoops data quality awards

28 June 2018
Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust has scooped two major awards at a prestigious ceremony.

The Trust, which is at the forefront of NHS digital technology use, took the coveted Data Quality prize and a Top 40 hospitals accolade at the CHKS Hospitals Awards in London.

The Data Quality award recognises the importance of clinical coding and data quality – something that CUH excels in thanks to its Epic electronic patient record system. Data quality plays an essential role in ensuring safe patient care as well as giving commissioners an accurate oversight of the treatments provided in hospitals.

Allison Rodgers, Head of Clinical Coding at CUH, said: “We are delighted that CUH has received this award for two consecutive years for the quality of the data we produce. 

“We have worked really hard as a Trust to improve our data quality and accuracy of clinical coding and the implementation of our Epic electronic patient record system has been a game changer. 

“Clinical coders no longer have to manually look through paper notes in every area of the Trust to interpret relevant information, as clinicians now record all patient care and treatment in our Epic system in real time. 

“This has not only helped us to improve the quality of the information we have about the care and treatment provided to our patients, but it is helping us to code much more accurately, in a more efficient way, and subsequently submit high quality data to our commissioners.” 

Allison Rodgers, head of clinical coding, and Katy Andrew-May, team lead for information management, stand proudly with the awardsThe Top 40 award is based on nationally submitted data to commissioning and regulatory bodies on key indicators of excellence in healthcare, including clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care. 

Dr Ewen Cameron, Executive Director for Improvement and Transformation at CUH, added: “Winning a Top 40 Hospitals Award and the Data Quality Award for the second year in a row is a fantastic achievement. 

“This clearly reflects the hard work of all our staff in adopting and effectively using technology to drive high quality care for our patients.”

CHKS, part of Capita Healthcare Decisions, has used over 27 years of experience in the analysis of hospital data to decide the indicators on which each of the Top Hospitals programme awards are judged. Awards are made on the basis of an analysis of publicly available datasets and every NHS acute trust in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is included.  

The CHKS Top Hospitals Awards were held in May, hosted by NHS Confederation CEO Niall Dickson CBE. Guest speaker at the event was Ed Coats, a specialist registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology and adventurer who was chosen to join James Cracknell and Ben Fogle in their race to the South Pole – the first attempt of its kind since Captain Scott was beaten by Amundsen in 1912.