Why choose us

East Cheshire NHS Trust's mission is 'to provide high quality integrated services, as specified locally by Commissioners and delivered by highly motivated staff.'
We are very proud of the services that we offer, the standards of patient care that we deliver and the performance that we achieve at the trust.

2014/15 has delivered some excellent achievements in best practice in all areas of the Trust. Some of our achievements are evidenced below. The rewards, accolades and achievements we receive are a result of the hard work and dedication our staff put in throughout the year, to be the best at delivering patient care in the region.


East Cheshire NHS Trust launches major energy-saving project

East Cheshire NHS Trust has started work on a major energy-saving scheme which will reduce its environmental impact and its electricity bills at the same time.

The project will shrink the trust’s carbon footprint by around 30%, the equivalent to more than 2,000 tonnes of carbon each year. And by significantly reducing the amount of electricity the trust buys from the National Grid, it will also save the trust £2.5 million over the next 15 years.

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Macclesfield first hospital in UK to gain autism accessibility award

Macclesfield District General Hospital has become the first hospital in the UK to be given an Autism Access Award by the National Autistic Society (NAS), the UK’s leading charity for people affected by autism.

The accolade is in recognition of East Cheshire NHS Trust’s extensive efforts to make the hospital more accessible for patients with the lifelong developmental disability, which affects around 700,000 people in the UK.

Autism impacts how a person communicates with others and relates to the world around them. As a result, under normal circumstances a visit to the unfamiliar environment of a hospital can be an incredibly challenging and distressing experience for someone with the condition.

To make Macclesfield Hospital more accessible, the trust took various steps, including the creation of an autism-friendly ‘quiet route’ into the hospital, which gives full access to the building but with fewer distractions and people along the way. 

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iPads boosting patient safety and efficiency at Macclesfield Hospital

Nurses at Macclesfield Hospital are now monitoring patient safety using iPads thanks to the introduction of award-winning new technology.  

The hospital has become the first in the area and one of only three in the North West (others being Southport/Ormskirk and Alder Hey) to introduce the state-of-the-art VitalPAC system, which allows staff to record clinical data electronicallyon handheld devices at a patient's bedside.

The new system is used from the patient's admission to hospital and throughout their stay, replacing the paper observations chart at the end of each bed.It willincrease both efficiency and patient safety by freeing up nurse time and monitoring patients in real time, warning immediately of any deterioration in their conditions.

Nurses use VitalPAC on iPads to enter patients’ vital signs (such as breathing rate, heart rate, temperature and blood pressure) and other clinical observations and assessments at the bedside. VitalPAC automatically calculates a patient’s risk score based upon the observations and alerts staff immediately of any deterioration, also advising on an appropriate response. The system prompts nursing staff when observations are due, ensuring observations are completed accurately and on time.

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East Cheshire NHS Trust chief executive listed in HSJ Top 50 2014

 The chief executive of East Cheshire NHS Trust has been listed as one of the top 50 leaders of NHS trusts in England.

John Wilbraham was featured in the Health Service Journal’s Top 50 Chief Executives 2014.

John was nominated anonymously by fellow NHS trust chief executives and shortlisted by a judging panel of leading experts, including NHS England’s medical director, Sir Bruce Keogh.

The 51-year-old, who lives in Warrington, has been with the trust for 12 years. He joined as finance director in 2002 and was appointed chief executive a year later.

In its comments about John, the Health Service Journal outlines how he led negotiations to integrate community services worth £45 million from Central and Eastern Cheshire PCT in 2011, broadening the scope of East Cheshire NHS Trust and increasing its sustainability as a provider of NHS care.

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East Cheshire NHS Trust and arvato UK scoop national award for HR transformation

A partnership between East Cheshire NHS Trust and arvato UK has been recognised as one of the best examples of efficiency and improvement in the NHS at a national healthcare awards ceremony.

The partners were named winners at the Health Service Journal’s (HSJ) prestigious Value in Healthcare Awards, for transforming the delivery of HR services at the trust. They saw off stiff competition from four other shortlisted entries to claim the title of Value and Improvement through Outsourcing.

Judges said they were impressed with the “amazing cultural change” that had taken place at East Cheshire NHS Trust, delivering “demonstrable benefits” to employees and patients.

arvato UK has been working with East Cheshire NHS Trust since 2013 and operates its HR shared service centre. The partnership has delivered 28% cost reduction for the trust and introduced a range of improvements, including a standardised HR model which has succeeded in cutting the number of calls to its HR helpdesk by 25%. It has also achieved a very high customer satisfaction rating.

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East Cheshire NHS Trust health visitor named in prestigious fellowship programme 

An East Cheshire NHS Trust health visitor has become one of the first in the country to join a prestigious development programme run by a professional body.

Crewe-based team leader Andrea Johns was named as one of just 150 health visitors across the country this year to enter the Institute of Health Visiting’s (iHV’s) Fellowship programme.

 In order to be accepted on the programme,Andrea based at Crewe’s Eagle Bridge Health and Wellbeing Centre, went through a rigorous application process during which she was assessed for her contribution to health visiting and in turn to children, families and communities in general.

Andrea also had to show her ability to demonstrate excellence in practice and leadership potential. This year, Andrea organised a visit by Department of Health Director of Nursing Viv Bennett to Eagle Bridge and helped East Cheshire NHS Trust health visitors gain UNICEF’s prestigious Baby Friendly Award for their efforts to promote breastfeeding.   

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