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Double winners in Advancing Quality awards!

Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMW) has been named the Best Performing Trust for Dementia and the Best Performing Trust for First Episode Psychosis 2013/2014 in the recent Advancing Quality Awards.

The Awards took place during the Advancing Quality (AQ) Programme Leads meeting on Tuesday 11th November 2014 at the Mercure Hotel in Blackrod, Bolton. Jane Harper, the AQ Programme Manager and Lesley Kitchen, the AQ Programme Director presented both of the awards to Alison Chapman, GMW’s AQ Programme Lead who received the awards on behalf of the Trust.

Advancing Quality award winners 2014 - GMW dementia team

The Advancing Quality Awards aim to recognise the trusts who have achieved the highest results. There were eight mental health trusts in the North West and Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber and Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust beat the 7 other trusts in both the Dementia and the First Episode Psychosis Categories.

The awards were received based on performance and Greater Manchester West NHS Foundation Trust had an Appropriate Care Score Target of 50.00% but gained a score of 83.67% overall for the year to date. With regards to the First Episode Psychosis team at GMW, the Appropriate Care Score Target was 67.41% and the overall score for the year to date was 97.66%. The Appropriate Care Score is a measure of how many of our patients (in the case of Dementia all those discharged from inpatient wards with a dementia diagnosis, in the case of First Episode Diagnosis all patients admitted to the Early Intervention Service) had all the reportable quality measures completed within the required timescales.

Advancing Quality award winners 2014 - GMW psychosis team

Elizabeth Kanwar, the AQ Programme Manager said, “Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust was awarded top performer awards for both Mental Health AQ Clinical focus areas – Dementia and Early Intervention Psychosis. They have strived to deliver a high quality of care for their patient and clients over the past year and this has been rewarded in receiving the AQ mental health top performer awards”.

The Trust participates in the Advancing Quality Programme which is a quality improvement initiative live across all North West Hospitals that aims to raise the standards of care in common acute clinical conditions and diseases, including pneumonia, heart failure and heart bypass surgery, and mental health conditions, such as dementia and first episode psychosis.

The Advancing Quality Programme is based on a set of quality standards which clinicians agree define and measure good clinical practice and should be delivered to every patient to ensure they receive the highest standards of care. Hospitals collect and submit data on these quality standards, which range from recording that the right antibiotics are given at the right time through to patients receiving written discharge instructions on how to prevent relapses.

During the Advancing Quality Programme Leads meeting there was a presentation of the End of Year Audit Results by Grant Thornton, the presentation of the AQ Awards, Year 7 – results to date, Public Reporting, Clinical Focus Area Update, AQ from Commissioning Perspective, AQ in Primary Care and an evaluation. There was also a report from the external auditors that are responsible for checking that our submission is backed up by evidence recorded in ICIS, and GMW received a verbal commendation for being the only mental health trust with 100% accuracy.


  1. Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust provides district mental health services in Bolton, Salford and Trafford. It also provides district inpatient alcohol and drug recovery services in Prestwich as well as community services in Trafford, Salford, Cumbria, Blackburn with Darwen, Wigan and Leigh and Central Lancashire.
  2. Advancing Quality is the flagship programme of AQuA. It aims to improve standards of healthcare provided in NHS hospitals across the North West of England and reduce variation.
  3. Advancing Quality (AQ) Awards recognises and showcases the achievements of teams who have best put the AQ approach into practice.

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