FOR the third year running Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has scored as a top performer in the Healthcare Commission Annual Health Check.
The Trust, based on the Countess of Chester Health Park, achieved ‘excellent’ for its quality of services and ‘good’ for its use of resources and is the only mental health Trust in the North West to hold this position for three consecutive years.
Chief executive Peter Cubbon said: “Northern NHS Trusts performed best – on both quality of services and use of resources. At CWP, we have achieved an excellent quality rating three years running, whilst also achieving foundation trust status.This is a huge achievement for the Trust and reflects the hard work and dedication of all our staff in improving services for people locally.”
Mental health trusts were the highest performing type of Trust according to the independent watchdog, which demonstrates the substantial improvement in the quality of mental health services in recent years. CWP featured in the North West top five for its quality of services in mental health and in the top 25% of all Trusts – including acute trusts and primary care trusts – in England.
CWP head of performance Sarah Marshall said: “The 2007/2008 result demonstrates the overall and continuing commitment of all staff in striving for excellence; whilst prioritising our service users, carers and staff at the heart of what we do. The result will be the foundation of our work plan for the coming year in which we will continue to maintain and build on our reputation for quality and excellence.”
The Trust provides a full range of mental health, learning disability and drug and alcohol services for one million people locally and specialist services for 2.4 million across Cheshire and Merseyside.