15 May 2009
Dr Jean-Jacques de Gorter, Director of Clinical Services at Spire Healthcare, a network of 36 UK private hospitals, was recently shortlisted for the Clinical Leadership Award at the British Medical Journal Awards.
Dr de Gorter was the only individual from a private hospital group to be short listed for the award for his leadership of Spire Healthcare's clinical governance and quality programme which won the Laing and Buisson 2008 Award for best ‘Healthcare Outcomes’. The systems he developed and introduced to monitor, analyse, publish and act upon clinical information has resulted in quantifiable and significant improvements in clinical quality.
As a clinical leader within the independent sector he actively promotes a cross-sector collaborative approach to quality improvement between clinicians, business leaders, regulators and policy-makers.
Dr de Gorter said: “It’s great for Spire to be recognised for the achievements we’ve made in this area. We are proud of the high standards of clinical quality we deliver for all our patients. I am especially pleased with our achievements in infection control, where the dedication and perseverance of our clinical teams has resulted in exceptionally safe care. We were the first UK hospital group to make a broad range of information available to patients via our websites, and our programme to monitor health outcomes as reported by our patients has led the way for both other private providers and the NHS.”
He continued: “Nevertheless, do not rest on our laurels – our appetite for finding innovative and better ways of caring for our patients means we expect to improve further still. An important part of my role is to help create a climate where clinical excellence can flourish.”