The Christie NHS Foundation Trust has once again been rated Outstanding by the health regulator becoming the first specialist trust in the country to be given their highest accolade twice.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) report said that The Christie was ‘a leader in cancer care’ and are ‘pioneers in developing innovative solutions to cancer care.’
The Outstanding rating was first awarded to the Trust by the CQC following their inspection in 2016.
The CQC also praised the Trust’s staff who they said ‘go the extra mile to meet the needs of patients and their families’ and that they were ‘exceptionally kind and caring.’
The positive culture within the Trust was singled out for praise with the CQC finding it to be ‘extremely positive’ with ‘compassionate and effective’ leadership, together with ‘high levels of engagement with staff and service users.’
Roger Spencer, Chief Executive of The Christie, said: “We are very proud to be the first specialist hospital to be rated as Outstanding by the CQC for the second time.
“The rating is the highest we could have been given and it is testament to the dedicated, expert staff in every Christie department and site who work tirelessly to give the very best care and treatment to our cancer patients. Those patients are at the heart of everything we do.
The Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Ted Baker, said that The Christie’s “passion for high quality care and innovative practice has continued, and we have found them to be Outstanding for a second time.
“Our inspectors again heard and saw great examples of patient care which were delivered by exceptionally caring staff. People told us that they felt like partners in their care planning and staff were extremely responsive to their changing needs.”