On February 6 2013, the Prime Minister announced that he had asked Professor Sir Bruce Keogh to review the quality of care and treatment provided by those NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts that are persistent outliers on mortality indicators. A total of 14 hospital trusts will be investigated as part of this review on the basis that they have been outliers for the last two consecutive years on either the Summary Hospital-Level Mortality Indicator or the Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio.
The review will be guided by the NHS values set out in the NHS Constitution and underpinned by the following key principles:
- Patient and public participation Patients and members of the public will play a central role in the overall review and the individual investigations, working in partnership with clinicians. The views of patients in each of the 14 hospitals, either directly or through representatives, will be sought by the teams and reflected in their reports.
- Listening to the views of staff Staff in the each of the 14 hospital trusts will be supported to provide frank and honest opinions about the quality of care and treatment provided to patients in their hospital.
- Openness and transparency All possible information and intelligence relating to the review and the individual investigations will be made publicly available.
- Co-operation between organisations The overall review and the individual investigations will be built around strong co-operation between the different organisations that make up the health system, placing the interests of patients first at all times.
It will identify:
- whether existing action by these trusts to improve quality is adequate and whether any additional steps should be taken
- any additional external support that should be made available to these trusts to help them improve
- any areas that may require regulatory action in order to protect patients.
Professor Sir Bruce Keogh will publish a public report summarising the findings and actions resulting from the 14 investigations before the summer.
Innovation for Health has worked with NHS England to develop the iPhone Application so it would engage patients, staff members and the public across the 14 hospitals that is under review to participate anonymously through effective digital innovation.