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Our priorities and progress

Our vision

To transform the lives of people affected by complex, long-term conditions.

The strategic plan
The RNHRD created a three-year plan in December 2009 which built on its service development strategy developed as part of its application to become a foundation trust in 2005.

The key strategic objectives which the RNHRD trust set itself in the document were:

  • To consistently deliver high quality clinical services
  • To create a research and development culture across all services to support the development of services and demonstrate the value of outcomes
  • To be the provider of choice for rheumatology and complex rehabilitation for the local population
  • To consolidate a national specialist positioning for rheumatology and complex rehabilitation services as appropriate
  • To be an exemplary employer who is known for the development of staff.

The board reviews the three-year plan as part of the annual planning cycle to take into account the changes in the local and national NHS environment. This will culminate in a strategic document developed in conjunction with the staff, patients and commissioners of the trust's services which sets out a vision of the model for the provision of the specialist services in 2015, together with a more detailed plan which moves the RNHRD towards that vision.

Annual business plan
Every year we produce an annual plan which sets out our key aims, objectives and priorities for the coming year. This document contains a brief review of the previous year and the trust’s work plan for the coming year. Progress is monitored internally and externally through a number of measures:

  • Board reports
  • Our Council of Governors
  • Annual members' day
  • Our governance structures
  • Regular reports to Monitor
  • Care Quality Commission.

Key aims and objectives for 2009/10  
The trust's business plan for 2009/10 provides information on how the key targets, aims and objectives for the year will be met.

  • To meet NHS FT terms of authorisation
  • To demonstrate ongoing regulatory compliance
  • To ensure that clinical services are developed and maintained to meet the needs of patients
  • To recruit, retain and develop a staff in order to provide high quality, safe patient care
  • To be a leading centre for research and development
  • To ensure sound systems of financial management that allow the trust to deliver the planned I&E surplus

Performance and targets
The trust's non-financial performance is assessed and monitored in the following areas:

Compliance framework
Monitor reviews the trust's key areas of performance through a quarterly self-assessment against key performance measures. Those targets that are applicable to the RNHRD include hospital acquired infections (MRSA and C Diff). The trust board receives a monthly update on the trust's performance against the compliance framework. 

Care Quality Commission
All NHS hospital trusts are required to make an annual declaration to the Care Quality Commission stating their compliance with the Essential Standards for Quality and Safety. This is detailed within the trust's Quality Report.

Clinical governance
Information about clinical governance at the RNHRD can be found in the latest annual quality report.

Service user surveys
Each year, a national patient survey is conducted by the Department of Health. This involves a random sample of people who have used hospital services being asked to complete a detailed questionnaire. As soon as the trust is made aware of their results, action plans are formulated which aim to improve any areas of weakness or dissatisfaction.  The Integrated Governance and Quality Assurance Committee oversees implementation of these action plans.