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Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

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CEO  Peter Steer (1 Jan 2015–)
Founded  1852
Headquarters  London, United Kingdom
Awards  The Queen's Award for Enterprise, International Trade

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust runs Great Ormond Street Hospital. It is closely associated with University College London (UCL) and in partnership with the UCL Institute of Child Health, which it is located adjacent to, is the largest centre for research and postgraduate teaching in children’s health in Europe. It is part of both the Great Ormond Street Hospital/UCL Institute of Child Health Biomedical Research Centre and the UCL Partners academic health science centre.

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Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust became a foundation trust on 1 March 2012.

Criticism

In 2009, Great Ormond Street Hospital was criticised for their role in Baby P's death. Consultant paediatrician Kim Holt and three colleagues wrote to Great Ormond Street Hospital managers in 2006, a year before Baby P's death warning that understaffing and poor record keeping posed a serious risk to patients' safety at St Anne's clinic in Haringey, north London. Kim Holt said bosses ignored her warnings and removed her from the clinic. Dr Kim Holt told in an interview the hospital offered her £120,000 to withdraw her complaints in the wake of Peter's death, a claim the hospital denied. In 2011, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Haringey primary care trust issued an apology to Dr Holt stating "Both Trusts accept and are sorry that you have been through a difficult time. You are a respected and valued member of staff and we look forward to you resuming your role in community paediatrics very soon".

In 2014, following a BBC documentary into Baby P's case, Great Ormond Street Hospital released a statement stating they have publicly apologised for their failings and have worked since to make sure improvements were made. The hospital takes its responsibility in the safeguarding of children's safety and welfare very seriously.

In April 2012, BBC One London broadcast a documentary called "Great Ormond Street Hospital", presented by Tim Donovan, which explained how the trust is facing accusations that it is downgrading child protection work and "victimising" staff who raise concerns. The hospital posted a detailed response stating that "the allegations in this programme are not correct and the programme does not provide a balanced position".

Research

The hospital works with the UCL Institute of Child Health, and is the largest centre for research into childhood illness outside the United States and Canada, and a major international trainer of doctors and nurses. It has the widest range of children's specialists of any UK hospital, and is the largest centre for children's heart or brain surgery, or for children with cancer, in the UK. Recent high-profile breakthroughs include successful gene-therapy for immune diseases. Through its support for prenatal screening for Down Syndrome it is actively promoting Eugenics. The trust is a member of the UCL Partners academic health science centre. The trust has one of the 11 Genomics Medicines Centres associated with Genomics England which will open across England in February 2014. All the data produced in the 100,000 Genomes project will be made available to drugs companies and researchers to help them create precision drugs for future generations.

Private patients

The trust increased private income by 18.9% from 2014 to 2016, a total of £43 million. 80% of its private patient income comes from overseas.

Performance

It was named by the Health Service Journal as one of the top hundred NHS trusts to work for in 2015. At that time it had 3652 full time equivalent staff and a sickness absence rate of 2.63%. 84% of staff recommend it as a place for treatment and 73% recommended it as a place to work.

In February 2016 it emerged that the trust had not properly recorded waiting time information for patients in the outpatient, surgical and diagnostic divisions. The waiting list grew from 2,000 to more than 9,000 as a result.

References

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust Wikipedia


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