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NHS boosted by performance report

15 Oct 2009

Chief executive praises staff for continued improvement

An annual performance report has shown a continued improvement in the performance on the local NHS. NHS South East Essex achieved a rating of ‘Good’ for quality of services and another rating of ‘Good’ for quality of financial management. 

Managers at NHS South East Essex are delighted with the ‘Annual Healthcheck 2008/9’ released by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) today (Thursday). The CQC is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. Each year a rating is given to every NHS trust in England to show how it has performed over the last year.  The scores from previous years are not directly comparable as a number of new indicators have been included within this year’s Annual Health Check.

NHS South East Essex Chief Executive, Andrew Pike, said: “Thanks to the hard work of our staff and that of our partners we have maintained a rating of ‘Good’ in both quality of services and quality of financial management.  There were a number of new measures in place for the 2008/09 Annual Health Check to ensure that healthcare services continue to improve and the PCT has performed well against a majority of these. We will continue to work with our healthcare providers towards improving the quality of healthcare services for the people of south east Essex.  

“We are also keen to congratulate the South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust who received ‘Excellent’ for both quality of services and use of resources while Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust also achieved ‘Excellent’ for use of resources and ‘Good’ for quality of services. “ 

NHS South East Essex has identified a number of targets for 2009/10 that need the support from its partners and population to meet. These include improving the uptake of cervical screening, breast screening and Chlamydia screening. Further information in relation to these programmes and our other targets can be found on the NHS South East Essex website or is available from on 01702 224600.

During 2008/09 the population of south east Essex has seen:

waiting times reduced for Acute services

greater access to primary care

sustained national improvements in NHS patient experience

a further reduction in cardiovascular mortality

full compliance against standards for better health

In addition to this, NHS South East Essex has seen an increase number of four-week smoking quitters and continues to promote the Stop Smoking Service, which can be contacted on 01268 464511.

Mr Pike continued: “The way we deliver and commission NHS services has continued to change over the past year. Despite this, our staff continue to provide a first rate service to the hundreds of thousands of people in south east Essex, and I am delighted that this is reflected in the ratings we received in this year’s Healthcheck.”



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