South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been ranked among the best in the country in a comprehensive review by the health service regulator.
The Care Quality Commission’s new hospital inspection programme places 161 trusts across the country into six bands according to performance in 150 key areas.
South Tees is one of only 37 trusts nationally and two in the North East to be rated as Band 6 – the lowest risk group.
The intelligent monitoring report looks at key areas such as patient experience, staff experience and statistical measures of performance and will be used to guide the CQC as to which trusts should be prioritised for inspections.
Chief executive Professor Tricia Hart said: “We could not be more delighted that the CQC have rated South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the lowest risk group (Band 6).
“This is a testament to our 9,000 staff who are working so hard day in, day out, to continuously improve care.”
Middlesbrough MP Andy McDonald was among the first to recognise the trust’s fantastic achievement:
“The ranking by the CQC of the excellent care provided by the trust is thoroughly deserved and warranted,” he said. “It is a terrific recognition of the professionalism and dedication of all the staff and they deserve our heartfelt thanks and congratulations.
“The modern NHS faces enormous challenges and it is good to have confirmed what we knew already which is that we have the benefit of a local health service of the highest quality. Congratulations South Tees Hospitals!”