Nuffield Health becomes first private hospital group to gain prestigious healthcare safety award

Nuffield health, the uK’s leading not for profit healthcare charity, is the first private hospital group to achieve the nhs litigation authority (nhsla) level three – the highest level - for risk management after volunteering to be assessed against the standards.

the accolade - awarded only to healthcare organisations who meet the highest standards of clinical, patient and organisational safety when assessed against the nhsla standards - sees nuffield health hospitals join a select group of only 30 nhs trusts in the acute sector who hold the award.

specifically developed to reduce the number of negligent and preventable incidents taking place in hospitals, the standards provide assurance of safe practice. over two days of rigorous testing, nuffield hospitals had to demonstrate that it was monitoring its own implemented processes for managing 50 key risks covering governance, workforce, safe environment, clinical care and learning from experience in all 30 hospital facilities across the uK.

patricia lee, hospital chief executive, said: “this award reflects the emphasis that nuffield hospitals place on offering high quality clinical care. we continually strive to reduce risk and improve patient safety, and the nhsla accreditation of our uK hospitals shows that we are among the best. our patients can be reassured that they are being treated in some of the safest and cleanest hospitals in the country.”

“dr andy Jones, nuffield health medical director, said: “external accreditation is an important part of ensuring that we are meeting the highest standards of independent healthcare and we are proud to be the only private provider to achieve level two and now level three compliance against the nhsla standards. this accolade demonstrates that we have one of the most robust approaches to patient safety in the sector.”

steve walker, chief executive officer, nhs litigation authority, said: “as the first independent sector provider of nhs care to achieve the highest level of the nhsla standards at assessment, nuffield health should be proud of its considerable achievement which reflects a great deal of effort and a strong commitment to risk management within the organisation.”