Kingston Hospital wins 18th consecutive CHKS Top Hospital award

Wednesday 23 May 2018

Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been named one of the 40 Top Hospitals at the annual CHKS Top Hospitals programme awards 2018. The awards celebrate the success of healthcare providers across the UK and are awarded to healthcare organisations for their achievements in healthcare quality and improvement. Kingston Hospital has now won the prestigious Top Hospitals award for 18 years in a row.

The Top Hospitals awards are data driven and this year, for the first time, the award considers all Trusts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This means Trusts do not have to be a CHKS client to be eligible for a Top Hospitals award. The award is made on the basis of an analysis of over 20 indicators including safety, clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care.  

Ann Radmore, Chief Executive at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am delighted that Kingston Hospital has once again been recognised as one of the 40 Top Hospitals’ in the country. Our 18th consecutive award shows how we are consistently performing to a very high level and I am extremely proud of all our staff that we have been able to achieve this.”

Kevin McDonnell, Business Director, Capita Healthcare Decisions, said: “For the first time we have analysed data from every trust, whether they are a client of CHKS or not, for the Top Hospitals award. The award recognises outstanding performance in those areas which we believe are critical to delivering good patient care. We are delighted that Kingston Hospital is one of our Top Hospitals 2018.”

The CHKS Top Hospitals programme awards were held in London on the 15th May and hosted by NHS Confederation chief executive, Niall Dickson with guest speaker Dr Ed Coates. Over 200 guests including leaders from across the healthcare sector attended the event.




Notes to Editor

The Top Hospital award indicators for 2017 were:

  • Reported C-difficile rate for patients aged 2 and over
  • Day case rate (relative weighted performance across BADS directory)
  • Day case conversion to inpatient rate (vs national rates, case mix adj per BADS)
  • Depth of coding (not case mix adjusted)
  • Percentage of coded episodes with signs and symptoms as a primary diagnosis (episode 2)
  • Percentage of uncoded spells
  • CQC inpatient survey (overall care question)
  • Percentage of outpatient first appointments not attended (treatment function adjusted)
  • Rate of emergency readmission to hospital (>16; 28 days)
  • Emergency readmission within 28 days of discharge following hip fracture (65+)
  • Percentage of elective admissions where planned procedure not carried out (not patient decision)
  • Reference Cost Index (RCI)
  • Summary Hospital-level Mortality Index (SHMI)
  • Staff survey (overall job satisfaction question)
  • Risk adjusted length of stay
  • Risk adjusted mortality index
  • Rate of emergency readmission to hospital following AMI within 28 days
  • Rate of emergency readmission to hospital within 14 days - COPD
  • Percentage of elective inpatients admitted on day of procedure
  • Patient misadventure rate (ICD-based)
  • Percentage of patients >65 with fractured neck of femur
  • Unnecessary admissions via A&E


The CHKS Top Hospitals 2018 are:

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

East Cheshire NHS Trust

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Weston Area Health NHS Trust

Harrogate And District NHS Foundation Trust

Southern Health and Social Care Trust

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn, NHS Foundation Trust

Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

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