28 November 2016
East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) is now the best NHS trust in the country.
The mental and community health trust – which provides mental health services across Bedfordshire and Luton – scooped the prestigious Provider Trust of the year prize in the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards, the equivalent of the Oscars for the NHS.
It follows rapidly on the tail of becoming the only mental and community health trust in the country to be given an ‘outstanding’ rating by the health regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
A delighted Dr Navina Evans, ELFT Chief Executive said:
“We are absolutely thrilled. This is a tribute to our dedicated staff and the valuable input of our patients who all work tirelessly to improve what we do. Despite reaching this pinnacle, we are committed to further improvements , delivering the best possible care and helping others learn from us where we can. ”
The Trust was commended for providing excellent, patient-centric care built on strong engagement and acknowledged for embedding a culture of continuous improvement in partnership staff, service users and carers.
This year, the HSJ received more than 1,600 submissions from 600 different organisations and ELFT was shortlisted amongst nine other healthcare providers.