Annual Quality Report


Belfast Trust’s first Annual Quality report was published today at the Trust’s Board Meeting.

Belfast Trust’s first Annual Quality Report was published today at the Trust’s Board Meeting. ‘Staff in Belfast Trust are committed to do their best for the people we serve, and they continue to strive to deliver safe, high quality care whatever their profession or department,’ says chief executive Colm Donaghy. ‘We remain focussed on modernising our services to ensure that they are responsive to the needs of a changing population.’

Belfast Trust is one of the largest healthcare providers in the United Kingdom providing health and social care for around 340,000 people in Belfast and Castlereagh, as well as a range of regional services. In the year 2012/2013 we had almost 160,000 people attending our Emergency Departments, over 800,000 outpatients and around 130,500 inpatients. We also provided over 5,800 care packages for older people.

Mortality rates

Mortality rates have remained consistent; in fact the Trust had 5% fewer deaths than expected and 6% fewer than in similar acute teaching hospitals.

Hip fractures

We are now taking part in the National Hip fracture database (NHFD) the largest of its type in the world, and this shows that the level of care is very high and the RVH is among the safest place to receive treatment. However we remain slower in terms of the process, and this is one of the areas for improvement.

Avoidable harm – learning from adverse incidents

Serious adverse incidents (SAIs) are unusual, however due to their potentially serious and often complex nature, a thorough investigation provides an opportunity for learning and to increase our safety. Last year 95 SAIs were investigated and through these we have developed staff education and training, changed practice and revised existing protocols to further reduce avoidable harm.

‘This Quality Report reflects the achievements we have made in areas of quality and safety,’ says Mr Donaghy. ‘However this is a process and only by continuously reviewing our performance can we continue our journey of achievement.’