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Hospital Trust Scoops Gold at Awards

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24 September 2018

The NHS trust that manages Crewe’s Leighton Hospital has been awarded a prestigious health and safety award for the second year running.

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT), which also runs Victoria Infirmary in Northwich and Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre in Winsford, has achieved a gold award in the internationally-renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards.

The scheme is run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and is the longest-running of its kind in the UK. 

Held every year, the awards sees entries from organisations around the world and looks at their health and safety performance over a 12-month period.

Those that pass strict criteria, which include having a rigorous approach to occupational health as well as low or reducing rates of error, are then given an award. These include merit, bronze, silver and gold.

Julie Tunney, Director of Nursing and Quality at Mid Cheshire Hospitals, said: “This is the second year we have entered into the awards and the second time we have received the gold award.

“Not only is the award fantastic news for the Trust and its staff but to the local community. It shows that our organisation continues to have excellent health and safety management systems in place, and that we have low levels of accidents and work-related ill health.”

The National Board for Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH), the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and a number of industry experts were among the judging panel that recognised Mid Cheshire Hospitals’ strong health and safety performance.

Julie added: “More than 4,500 people work for Mid Cheshire Hospitals and help to make it a safe place to work. We’d therefore like to thank each and every one of them for contributing to this award.”

Julia Small, RoSPA’s Head of Qualifications, Awards and Events, said: “The RoSPA Awards are the most highly-respected in the health and safety arena, with almost 2,000 entrants every year, and allow organisations to prove excellence in the workplace, demonstrating a commitment to the wellbeing of not only employees but all those who interact with it.”

The award, which was presented during a ceremony in Birmingham over the Summer, is the latest in a string of achievements for Mid Cheshire Hospitals. 

Last week [Wednesday 16 September] the independent regulator for health and social care in England, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), published its latest report into the Trust following inspections of the organisation’s services and management.

The CQC gave the Trust a rating of ‘Good’, which means it is performing well and meeting expectations.