High praise for Leeds hospitals after rating turnaround

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The Health Secretary has led praise for hospital chiefs in Leeds after a new report by highlighted “significant improvements” in the quality of care.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust was one of eight trusts across the country to be featured in the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) national report, which was compiled based on interviews with staff and patients.

It comes after the trust was given an overall rating of “requires improvement” following a CQC inspection in 2014, but last year the regulator re-rated it as “good”.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “I want to thank all of the staff at Leeds Teaching Hospitals on a remarkable turnaround, and I hope others will be inspired to put these important lessons into practice at their own hospitals.”

The report shows how the trust’s board supported staff to develop “a vision” for the hospitals.

The trust developed ‘The Leeds Way’, using online crowdsourcing and face-to-face meetings, which underpins its new ethos, vision and values for staff.

Julian Hartley, chief executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals, said: “I’m really pleased that the hard work of every single person working in our hospitals has been recognised at the highest level.

“It’s a tribute to their commitment and dedication to making improvements for patients, and shows that the most important role of leaders is to empower and engage their teams.”