Whittington Health NHS Trust

020 7272 3070 The Whittington Hospital, Magdala Avenue , London, N19 5NF



  • Improving care for children with asthma
  • Campaign leads to high increase in Islington immunisations
  • Professor Graham Hart joins our Board as non-executive director

The Whittington Hospital is part of Whittington Health which provides general hospital and community services to 500,000 people living in Islington and Haringey as well as other London boroughs including Barnet, Enfield and Camden. The organisation was established in April 2011 following the merger of The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust with NHS Islington and NHS Haringey community health services. We have an income of £297m and more than 4,000 staff delivering care across North London in The Whittington Hospital and from 30 locations in Islington and Haringey. As one organisation providing both hospital and community services, we are known as an “integrated care organisation”. For more information, please visit www.whittington.nhs.uk

Latest news

Improving care for children with asthma

We are launching a new project supporting schools to deliver the best asthma care for children in Islington.

Asthma affects one in 11 children in the UK, so it is vitally important that schools are equipped with the right skills to manage children with asthma.

The project, which will involve an asthma nurse working together with local primary and secondary schools, will provide guidance and training on asthma and support schools to achieve a national standard ‘kite mark’ for the condition.

Colette Datt, paediatric asthma and allergy clinical nurse specialist said: “This is an exciting and innovative project to improve the care of children with asthma.
“The project will increase staff confidence at the school when dealing with asthma and directly support children and young people to have a better quality of life, as they learn to control their asthma.”

The asthma nurse will help school staff to achieve the kitemark by supporting them to learn about the impact of asthma on children and young people, advise on how to use an inhaler and deal with emergency situations.

Schools that achieve the asthma kite mark will have to achieve the following core standards:
• A school asthma policy
• A dedicated register with the details of all children with asthma
• Regular training on asthma undertaken by staff at the school
• All children have access to their inhalers and asthma plans
• Ensure no child with asthma is stigmatised
• Promote asthma education into the schools personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education curriculum

The Kitemark standard is based on best practice standards for asthma, which come from various different national guidance, including BTS asthma guidelines (2012), supporting pupils at school with medical conditions (2014) and NICE quality standards (2013).

Last updated on 19 March 2021.

Campaign leads to high increase in Islington immunisations

Islington is now one of the top performing boroughs for childhood vaccinations thanks to a sustained campaign run by Whittington Health.

Traditionally immunisation rates in Islington have been consistently lower than the national average, increasing the risk of outbreaks of preventable diseases such as measles, mumps or rubella.

Over the past two years the borough has seen a significant rise in the take up of key vaccinations, with around a 40 per cent increase in children aged under five years of age, 20 per cent in children under two and ten per cent in those aged one.

Our Islington immunisation team have achieved this by working in partnership with GP practice nurses, GPs and practice managers to target areas and groups that have the lower rates, increasing opening times at clinics and following up all unimmunised children.

Within the borough, 98 per cent of Islington one year olds now receive the 5-in-1 vaccine (also known as the DTaP/IPV/Hib vaccine), which is one of the first vaccines a baby will have protecting them against five serious childhood diseases (diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), polio, and Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b), 94 per cent of Islington five year olds received measles, mumps and ruebella (MMR) 2 vaccine and 94 per cent have received the 4 in-1 pre-school booster vaccine given to three-year-old children to boost their protection against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio.

The immunisation team will now be focusing on further improving take up amongst five year olds.

Christine Ogundele, immunisation specialist nurse from Whittington Health said: “We are pleased we have managed to achieve this sharp increase in two years, which means these children have a high level of protection from many illnesses and diseases.

“Ensuring your child is vaccinated protects them from many preventable, debilitating childhood illnesses and also helps to avoid outbreaks of diseases. Boosters are also incredibly important as they provide additional immunity to infections and reduces the chance of disease spreading.”

Dr Gillian Greenhough Islington CCG chair and a local GP said: “Congratulations and thank you to the health visitors and staff of Whittington hospital, all the GPs and practice nurses in Islington, and families, who have helped to achieve this fantastic increase in immunisation results. By achieving such high levels it protects the vulnerable children in our borough and helps to stop outbreaks, such as the measles outbreak in Wales, occurring locally.”

A spokesperson for Camden and Islington Public Health said: “Camden and Islington Public Health welcome this good news.
“We will continue to work with health and children’s services, such as children’s centres and school nurses to ensure that children are immunised.”

How to get a vaccination

To have your child vaccinated, speak to your GP practice.

For specific advice or more information about immunisations, please contact your health visitor or the Islington immunisation specialist nurse on 07917 235052.

Last updated on 19 March 2021.

Professor Graham Hart joins our Board as non-executive director

Professor Graham Hart FMedSci has been appointed to the Board of Whittington Health as a UCL nominated non-executive director.

His two-year appointment commences on 1 September 2014.

Professor Hart is Dean of the UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences. From 1986 he was a Lecturer in Medical Sociology at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School (subsequently UCL Medical School) and from 1994 he was Associate Director of the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow. He returned to UCL in 2006 as Professor of Sexual Health and HIV Research.

His research interests include sexual risk behaviour and the prevention of HIV and sexually transmitted infections. He has worked with a wide range of populations at risk, both nationally and internationally, and made major contributions to health policy and promotion.

Professor Hart is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and was recently voted on to the Academy’s Council. He is Chair of a National Institute for Health Research Programme (NIHR) Grants for Applied Research panel, and of the African Research Leader Scheme which is jointly funded by the Medical Research Council and the Department for International Development.

Trust Chair Steve Hitchins said: “I am delighted to welcome Graham. We are continually looking to provide innovative and excellent services for our local community. Graham’s considerable knowledge and experience will be invaluable as we revisit our five-year strategy, build on our education function and continue to enhance our quality of care”.

Commenting on his new role, Professor Graham Hart FMedSci, said: "I feel honoured to have been appointed to the Board of Whittington Health. This is an exciting time in the organisation’s history, and I'm looking forward to working with the Board and the executive team to help improve health services for local people.

“I'm particularly interested in translating the findings of medical research into better health outcomes. Whatever the focus, my aim is to serve the organisation as part of a team that I know is committed the highest quality of care."

The appointments were made by the NHS Trust Development Authority (NHS TDA) which is responsible for the appointment of all chairs and non-executive directors to NHS trusts in England.

Professor Hart is entitled to a remuneration of £6,157 per annum. Non-executive appointments to NHS Trusts are subject to the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Last updated on 19 March 2021.

Simmons House is designated as 'excellent'

Our child and adolescent mental health inpatient service has received an excellence accreditation for quality.

Simmons House Adolescent Unit has been given the accreditation by The Quality Network for Inpatient CAMHS (QNIC) which is run by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. It is one of only 11 services out of 111 to receive the excellent accreditation.
The unit is an in-patient and day-patient psychiatric centre for the most vulnerable young people between 13 and 17 years who have psychiatric and psychological difficulties that cannot be treated in the community.  

Clive Blackwood, assistant director of child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and children’s therapy services, said: "We are delighted with this accreditation which reflects the outstanding achievements of the team and strong collective leadership in place at the unit.

“The accreditation shows that the highest qualities of care are in place at the unit and that the team are providing the best services to young people.”
The QNIC’s accreditation process demonstrates the quality of inpatient child and adolescent psychiatric inpatient care through a system of review against the QNIC service standards.

Simmons House was one of the first units to be awarded QNIC accreditation three years ago. This latest 'excellent' accreditation recognises that the unit  has met and exceeded high standards and can demonstrate evidenced based, high-quality treatment and care.

The assessment included questionnaires completed by staff, patients and their parents, a thorough review of policies and procedures, audits of case notes and an in-depth inspection of the centre.

4 August 2014


Last updated on 19 March 2021.

Innovative cancer programme wins national award

A Whittington Health programme to provide fast and safe treatment for cancer patients has won a national patient safety award. The programme aims to reduce the amount of time it takes for cancer patients with suspected neutropenic sepsis (a potentially fatal complication from chemotherapy) to receive treatment.

The team running the programme won the patient safety award in the Quality in Care (QiC) Excellence in Oncology Awards. The oncologist-led programme, which is part of Whittington Health’s award winning Acute Oncology Service, enables chemotherapy patients who become unwell to receive quick and coordinated care between the London Ambulance Service and The Whittington Hospital’s emergency department. When patients need treatment for suspected neutropenic sepsis, they are instructed to call 999. A live alert is then sent to the London Ambulance Service and the emergency department, and a pre-arranged treatment plan is followed by clinical staff. The collaborative working and live alert system means that the patients are treated more quickly and safely.
Judges on the awards panel described it as "an excellent example of collaboration" and that it "shows what we can do to really improve safety for cancer patients." Pauline Leonard, lead cancer clinician and consultant medical oncologist at Whittington Health, said: "We are absolutely delighted with this award. This innovative programme aims to coordinate urgent care for chemotherapy patients quickly and efficiently. "Through collaborative work with the London Ambulance Service, we have created an intuitive programme that has tailored and safe care at its heart."

Last updated on 19 March 2021.

Dr Foster guide names The Whittington Hospital as having a significantly lower than expected mortality rate

The Whittington Hospital has a significantly lower than expected mortality rate, according to the 2013 Dr Foster Hospital Guide.

The guide provides an assessment of standards and services at hospitals in England using seven key measures of mortality.

It names the hospital as one of 20 hospital trusts that are low on at least two of Dr Foster’s main measures .

The Whittington Hospital has a significantly lower than expected Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio (HSMR) – a measure of deaths occurring in hospitals.

The guide also shows that the hospital has a low mortality rate in the Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI) - another key measure of hospital mortality.

According to the latest data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre, which publishes figures for the SHMI, the hospital had the lowest figures for April 2012 to March 2013.

Dr Martin Kuper, medical director at Whittington Health, said: “We are very proud of our strong reputation for providing safe patient care.

“We are particularly proud to have the lowest death rate in England in the Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI).

“The indicator shows mortality rates at the hospital and after discharge. Our ranking as having the lowest mortality rate in the SHMI is testament to the excellent care provided by our staff both at The Whittington Hospital and in the community.

“We are committed to providing better coordinated care in the hospital and community, and will continue to strive for safe care for our patients.”

The SHMI is the ratio between the actual number of patients who die while in hospital or in the 30 days following discharge and the number who would be expected to die given the characteristics of the patients treated there, on the basis of average England figures.

For the last two years, The Whittington Hospital has had a strong reputation for safe care, consistently having one of the lowest death rates in England, which is a key criteria for measuring patient safety.

Last updated on 19 March 2021.

Last updated on 04 December 2020.

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