St Gemma’s Hospice is Officially ‘Outstanding’!
We are really delighted to announce that St Gemma’s Hospice has once again been awarded the top rating of ‘Outstanding’ following a recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
This truly is a great achievement and we are grateful to everyone associated with the Hospice. Only a very small percentage of healthcare providers achieve this top rating, so for us to have managed this during the ongoing challenges of a pandemic is remarkable. We were awarded an outstanding score in 4 out of the 5 key areas assessed: safe, caring, responsive, effective and well led.
Kerry Jackson, Chief Executive of St Gemma’s Hospice said: “The last couple of years have been incredibly challenging but we have made it through thanks to an amazing and dedicated team and incredibly generous community. St Gemma’s would not exist without the support and encouragement we receive from the people of Leeds and I would like to thank everyone who helps to keep the Hospice at the heart of the community. It is our privilege to provide expert, compassionate, palliative care to local people at a very difficult time in their lives and to be recognised as an Outstanding organisation by the CQC is a tremendous boost to everyone.”
Peter Belfield, Chair of St Gemma’s Board of Trustees said: “I am very proud that we have retained our CQC outstanding rating, especially after two years that have been unimaginably difficult for the healthcare community. The whole St Gemma’s team have been incredible throughout the pandemic and have pulled together to deliver our services safely and professionally at a critical time. The wider community has also supported us and shown incredible collaboration and kindness. On behalf of the Board of Trustees at St Gemma’s, I would like to thank and congratulate everyone who plays a part in the life of the Hospice. I couldn’t be prouder. It is an honour and privilege to be Chair of such a fantastic organisation that continues to offer outstanding care through such a challenging time.”
The CQC commended the Hospice for its ‘pioneering approach to care’, for giving the ‘highest level of compassion’ and for going ‘above and beyond.’