Westminster PCT gets green lights in wide ratings

Westminster Primary Care Trust (PCT) has been rated as one of the seven top performing PCTs in London by the first risk assessment of London PCTs and NHS Trusts by NHS London.

Westminster Primary Care Trust (PCT) has been rated as one of the seven top performing PCTs in London by the first risk assessment of London PCTs and NHS Trusts by NHS London.

Westminster PCT scored green lights in the two categories of quality and outcomes, and governance, and scored four out of a possible five on financial risk (five being the lowest risk, one being the highest). Only six other PCTs achieved both green lights and a four for finance. As a "low risk" PCT, Westminster PCT will not be monitored as regularly as Trusts with a higher risk rating, and will have more discretion to make local decisions about local services.

Chief Executive Lynda Hamlyn said: "We are delighted by these results. They reflect the hard work we have put in to improve our performance and maintain a sound financial position, despite the challenge of having to loan £11 million to other Trusts in London in 2006/07 and £9m in 2007/8.

"These ratings reinforce our position as a well-run, efficient Trust providing excellent local health services that meet the needs of our residents."

Under the new risk rating system, every London PCT has been given three risk ratings based on analysis of their annual operating plans for 2007/8: financial risk (rated from 5, the lowest risk, to 1); quality and outcomes risk (green, amber and red ratings); and governance risk (green, amber and red ratings).

The Risk Rating results are contained in a report going to the NHS London Board on 28 March 2007. NHS London is the Strategic Health Authority for London, and is responsible for managing the performance of NHS Trusts and PCTs in the capital.

For more information please contact Westminster Primary Care Trust's Communications Department 020 7150 8243

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