CQC awards highest rating to Centre

Posted 13th March 2014

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre is one of the safest and lowest-risk in England, according to the latest ratings published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The Centre, which provides non-surgical cancer care to a population of 2.3m across Cheshire, Merseyside and surrounding areas, has been placed in the top-performing band in the care regulator’s second assessment of risks to patients.

Patient with member of Clatterbridge staffThe CQC assessed all 161 acute healthcare providers in England against more than 150 standards, including infection rates, mortality, patient feedback and the reporting of safety incidents. It then placed them into one of six bands, with Band 1 deemed to be the highest risk and Band 6 the safest and lowest risk.

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre was rated Band 6 – the best-performing level – with no risks identified at all, either at the minor or elevated grade.

This was the second time the CQC has published these assessments, known as hospital intelligent monitoring reports. The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre was also rated as a Band 6 in the first assessments in October 2013.

Helen Porter, Director of Nursing & Quality at the Centre, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been rated as one of the safest places to receive healthcare in England. Our whole ethos is about providing the very highest quality of care to our patients – safe, effective and compassionate healthcare delivered with warmth and dedication by experienced expert staff.”

CQC Intelligent Monitoring Report on The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre: March 2014

  • Band 6
  • Number of 'Risks' 0
  • Number of 'Elevated risks' 0
  • Overall Risk Score 0
  • Number of Applicable Indicators 42
  • Proportional Score 0.00%
  • Maximum Possible Risk Score 84

The full assessments for all 161 trusts can be found at http://www.cqc.org.uk/public/hospital-intelligent-monitoring.