This year’s Hospital Guide will be published in late November 2012. It will be the 11th edition in the series. Dr Foster is committed to continuing to publish the Hospital Guide as an independent assessment of NHS hospitals which highlights variation in care and also celebrates success within the NHS.
We are committed to making the process of producing the Hospital Guide as transparent as possible, and so we have produced a document, called ‘What’s in the Hospital Guide 2012′, which outlines our plans. It sets out an overview of the metrics we are planning to include and the timetable going forward.
The main themes under consideration for inclusion in this year’s Hospital Guide are: mortality; efficiency; 24/7 working; and delivery of treatment for elder patients. We are developing these metrics in partnership with the Dr Foster Unit at Imperial College London and with the help of clinicians; inevitably some will change and may be discarded as this research phase continues. We will continue to keep you informed about this process.
The final metrics, data and methodologies will be shared with trusts in the autumn. Indicators mainly apply to NHS acute (non-specialist) trusts but we will let other providers of services know if we intend to include them in any metric.
Click here to view ‘What’s in the Hospital Guide 2012’.
New! 2012 Hospital Guide media pack
Please download our media pack containing information and strategies for the upcoming Hospital Guide publication.