Posted on 27th July, 2005
Devon Partnership NHS Trust has once again achieved a two star rating in the National Star Ratings for 2004/2005. Acute Trusts, Primary Care Trusts and Mental Health Trusts all receive a star rating of between 0 and 3 stars, which provide an indication of how the Trust has performed against a number of targets. This is the final year in which star ratings will be awarded. As of 2006, a new system of performance ratings will be in place. Iain Tulley, Chief Executive of Devon Partnership NHS Trust, comments: “I think achieving two stars is a remarkable achievement given the challenging year the Trust has had and I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank all staff for their continued hard work, dedication and professionalism in helping us achieve this rating. “We made good progress in a number of areas and fully achieved four of the five key targets. Staff have worked hard to develop our Crisis Resolution services so that they met national standards and we have also now achieved the implementation of electronic systems across the entire Trust which ensure better availability of patient information when needed. “ The fifth key target, which is around validity and coverage of the Mental Health Minimum Dataset, was not fully achieved by the Trust by the end of March 2005. The Mental Health Minimum Dataset is a national centralised database holding information about current care episodes. The Trust has been implementing new computer systems to ensure that all teams within the trust are able to record data for this and is expected to complete the work this financial year. In terms of the focus areas, again the Trust performed extremely well in a number of targets, including achieving one of the highest scores in the country for Better Hospital Food with a score of 99%. As Iain Tulley adds: “Although this is the last year for star ratings they are still very relevant and will provide a benchmark for the new ratings in 2006. I recognise that there is room for improvement in some areas, particularly around re-engaging with our staff about their concerns, and listening to and acting on the results from the 2004 service user survey. We shall be looking in more detail at the results from the star ratings and will develop a plan that shows how we will make progress in the areas that need improving and how we will sustain the performance in the areas where we have been successful. I am confident we can continue to make progress and move forward towards our goals of not only being a three star Trust but to becoming recognised as one of the most progressive mental health and learning disability Trusts in the country.