Top marks for health trust after inspections

DERBYSHIRE Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (DHCFT) has received its best ever scores in the latest round of the Patient Environment Action Team (PEAT) inspections.

PEAT was established to assess NHS hospitals. Under the programme every inpatient healthcare facility in England with more than 10 beds is assessed annually, and given a rating of excellent, good, acceptable, poor or unacceptable against a range of categories.

In the 2011 assessments, DHCFT was reviewed for its standards of food, privacy and dignity and general environment and showed significant improvements on last year’s scores.

All wards were rated ‘excellent’ for their food and privacy & dignity and all except one scored ‘excellent’ for environment.

Keith Turner, head of estates and facilities manager, said: “The Trust is committed to constantly improving patient facilities and putting patient experience at the forefront of everything; these scores really showcase all the hard work that has been put in by members of staff to bring about these improvements.”