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NHS health check 2006: Facts and figures
The Healthcare Commission has published its most in-depth analysis of the performance of England's 570 NHS trusts across a range of categories.


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See below (or click on the links) to see some of the key findings. For the full situation nationally and in your area, click on the link in the box to the right.


The commission assessed the trusts on a series of criteria, focusing on their quality of service and use of resources.

Each trust was graded either excellent, good, fair or weak.

Graph showing how different types of trust performed on quality of services

The services measure included patient access, safety and the way the services are run.

The ratings reflect how well the organisation met basic standards of care and how it performed against existing and new national targets.

Graph showing how different types of trust performed on use of resources

The resources measure gauged financial performance - not just whether it was in debt - and included how it monitors spending and whether it provides value for money.


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The Central region fares well in the new-style assessment, with the highest percentage of organisations achieving an excellent or good ranking for quality of services, and the lowest percentage of weak rankings.

The South West has the highest percentage of organisations ranked weak.

On use of resources, the North region, which has the largest number of high-performing foundation trusts, fares best.

Graphs showing how the English health regions performed


Only two of the 570 trusts achieved ratings of excellent in both categories.

Both are foundation trusts, which generally received higher ratings overall.

Trusts achieving excellence for either quality of services or use of resources or both
Trust Type Quality of Services Use of Resources
Harrogate and District Acute Excellent Excellent
Royal Marsden Acute Excellent Excellent
Barts and London Acute Excellent Good
Basildon and Thurrock Acute Good Excellent
Cambridge University Acute Good Excellent
Cheshire and Wirral MHT Excellent Good
Derby Acute Good Excellent
Dorset Health Care MHT Excellent Good
Frimley Park Acute Good Excellent
Liverpool Womens Hospital Acute Good Excellent
Oxfordshire Learning disability Excellent Good
Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases Acute Excellent Good
Salford Royal Acute Excellent Good
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Acute Good Excellent
South Essex MHT Good Excellent
South Tyneside Acute Good Excellent
Stockport Acute Good Excellent
Univ Hospital Birmingham Acute Good Excellent
Univ Hospitals of Leicester Acute Excellent Good
Source: Healthcare Commission

MHT = Mental Health Trust

A total of 24 trusts scored weak in both sectors.

Trusts scoring weak for quality of services and use of resources
Trust Type Quality of Services Use of Resources
Avon Ambulance Weak Weak
Barnet and Chase Farm Acute Weak Weak
Bedfordshire Heartlands PCT Weak Weak
Buckinghamshire MHT Weak Weak
Cheshire West PCT Weak Weak
East Elmbridge and Mid Surrey PCT Weak Weak
Gloucestershire Ambulance Weak Weak
Guildford and Waverley PCT Weak Weak
Kennet and North Wiltshire PCT Weak Weak
Mid Cheshire Acute Weak Weak
Mid Yorkshire Acute Weak Weak
North Somerset PCT Weak Weak
Northern Devon Acute Weak Weak
Oldbury and Smethwick PCT Weak Weak
Rowley Regis and Tipton PCT Weak Weak
Royal Cornwall Acute Weak Weak
Surrey and Sussex Acute Weak Weak
Swale PCT Weak Weak
Watford and Three Rivers PCT Weak Weak
West Hertfordshire Acute Weak Weak
West Midlands Ambulance Weak Weak
West Wiltshire PCT Weak Weak
West Yorkshire Ambulance Weak Weak
Weston Area Acute Weak Weak
Source: Healthcare Commission

PCT = Primary Care Trust, MHT = Mental Health Trust

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