The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Leeds Teaching Hospitals rated ‘Good’ in latest Care Quality Commission inspection

15 February 2019

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated Leeds Teaching Hospitals as ‘Good’ in its latest inspection.

Acting Chief Executive, Dr Yvette Oade said today: “We are delighted that the overall rating for the Trust remains ‘Good’ and it is clear that we are also getting better, with higher ratings in more areas than our last inspection in 2016.“

LTHT received three ‘Outstanding’ ratings. One of our core services, Critical Care, was given the highest possible rating at both LGI and St James’s. The Leeds Dental Institute was also rated outstanding.

For the first time, our hospitals received ratings for the Use of Resources which was carried out by NHS Improvement and we received an ‘Outstanding’ rating - the highest possible score - for this.   The Use of Resources rating shows that we are using our resources effectively to provide high quality, efficient and sustainable care for our patients.

Dr Oade said: “This reflects the dedication our teams have shown to making effective and efficient use of public money for health services. This approach enabled us to deliver a surplus last year for the first time in four years.”

This work is based on the Leeds Improvement Method which helps us to review the way we run our services and has led to shorter waits for patients, improved clinical outcomes and waste reduction across the Trust.

We have also been rated as ‘Good’ in our Well-Led Review, which recognises the leadership, commitment and dedication our Trust Board bring to the organisation.  

The report, based on a visit during August 2018, found the Trust had successfully addressed many issues which required improvement when the CQC last visited our hospitals nearly three years ago.

The findings of the inspection include:

  • Overwhelmingly staff are positive about and proud to work at Leeds Teaching Hospitals. In the last three years, LTHT has moved from the bottom 20% of trusts to the top 20% in the NHS staff survey.
  • The leadership, governance, and culture at Leeds Teaching Hospitals is used to drive improvements and deliver high-quality person-centred care.
  • The Leeds Way - our vision, values and behaviours - creates a sense of community and pride and is linked to delivering positive patient outcomes.
  • Staff are empowered to lead and deliver change.

Dr Oade said: “It is fantastic that the inspectors have acknowledged the huge amount of effort put in across the Trust to build a culture where staff feel empowered to be part of improving our services and that they are proud to work at Leeds Teaching Hospitals.

“Of course there are always improvements to be made and the report does highlight some areas where further work is needed.  These are all areas the Trust is aware of and they are a high priority for us in the coming year.”

The full report can be viewed here: