Reward for being safer

PUBLISHED: 10:24 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:22 26 October 2009

AN extra £1.2m will be available for the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust to spend over the next three years. The cash comes after the trust significantly improved its management of clinical risks for patients, being awarded a level two against the

AN extra £1.2m will be available for the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust to spend over the next three years.

The cash comes after the trust significantly improved its management of clinical risks for patients, being awarded a level two against the NHS Litigation Auth-

ority General Clinical Risk Management Standards.

This means the annual premium it pays the authority will be reduced by the seven-figure amount over the next three years.

The award represents the progress across the area of risk management, which includes staff management training and development, "creating a secure and safe environment for staff and patients, child protection and clinical governance arrangements".

Chief executive Nick Carver said: "Our latest assessment from the NHS Litigation Authority, which has seen both our general clinical and maternity services being scored at the second highest level available, shows how much effort our staff go to so that our patients receive safe and effective care while in our hospitals.

"This is the culmination of at least two years' hard work on the part of a wide range of clinical teams, for which the trust is very grateful.

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