CHRISTMAS has come came early for Leighton Hospital staff with an announcement that it has won an international award for improvements in its financial performance over the last two years.
The Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Crewe hospital and the Victoria Infirmary at Northwich, was among industry, retail and financial giants such as Marks and Spencer and Lloyds TSB, stepping up to receive the 2007 Society of Turnaround Professionals (STP) Public Sector Turnaround Award.
The trust was one of only three NHS organisations short-listed for the Public Sector Turnaround Award, hosted by top BBC journalist Andrew Marr at London’s Dorchester Hotel last week
Iain Lynam, Chairman of the STP, said: “The turnaround community salutes achievements that are head and shoulders above the rest.
“Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust worked exceptionally hard to turn itself around in such a short space of time and I had no hesitation in nominating it for the award.”
In August 2005, the Trust faced a financial black hole of £10m, was under-performing against national targets and standards, and had received a critical report from the Healthcare Commission.
The debt was wiped out within 17 months, and the Trust has even managed to generate a financial surplus.
National targets have been exceeded, and it has since been selected as one of only two bowel cancer screening centres in the North West.
Trust chief executive Phil Morley said: “The dedication and hard work shown by not only the management team but by staff across the whole of our organisation has led to this fantastic recognition by the STP. Awards such as this result in a renewed enthusiasm across our hospitals.