World's Best Hospitals 2023 - United Kingdom

World's Best Hospitals 2023

These are challenging times for hospitals. COVID-19 put unprecedented stress on health systems, as have inflation and global financial uncertainty. In the U.S. and around the world, leading hospitals are dealing with rising costs, aging populations and a medical workforce exhausted from battling a global pandemic.

Among the hallmarks of great hospitals, however, are not just first-class care, first-class research and first-class innovation. The very best institutions also share another quality: consistency. The world's best hospitals consistently attract the best people and provide the best outcomes for patients as well as the most important new therapies and research. Of all the hospitals in the world, relatively few can do all those things year in and year out. The best belong to a very exclusive club.

To recognize them, Newsweek and global data firm Statista are proud to introduce our fifth annual listing of the World's Best Hospitals 2023. This year, we have ranked over 2,300 hospitals in 28 countries, including one that is new to our list, Taiwan. For the first time, we ranked all top 250 global hospitals. We have also listed the best hospitals by country; each country list also includes a listing of top specialty hospitals.

We have also made other changes. This year we have added an important new pillar to our scoring model: for the first time, hospitals were surveyed regarding their PROMs implementation status. PROMs are defined as standardized, validated questionnaires completed by patients to measure their perception of their functional well-being and quality of life. The World's Best Hospitals 2023 also includes new hospital quality metrics, most notably data from the Israeli National Program for Quality Indicators (INPQ) for Israel and the Danish Clinical Quality Program for Denmark. And we have added new accreditations for Thailand and Taiwan to the scoring model (For more details on the ranking criteria, see Methodology.)

The goal of this study is to provide a data-based comparison of hospital reputation and performance across countries. We hope this will be useful to patients and families seeking the best care for themselves and loved ones, as well as to hospitals as they benchmark themselves against their peers.

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RankPublication NameScoreCityFootnotePROMs
1St Thomas' Hospital89.40%London
2University College Hospital87.66%London
4Guy's Hospital82.89%London
5John Radcliffe Hospital81.62%Oxford
6St. Bartholomew's Hospital81.02%London
7Freeman Hospital80.83%Newcastle upon Tyne
8The Royal Victoria Infirmary80.74%Newcastle upon Tyne
9Chelsea and Westminster Hospital80.71%London
10Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham80.62%Birmingham
11King's College Hospital77.19%London
12St Richard's Hospital76.55%Chichester
13London Bridge Hospital76.46%London
14The Royal London Hospital76.44%London
15Salford Royal76.42%Salford
16Leeds General Infirmary76.33%Leeds
17East Surrey Hospital75.76%Redhill
18Wythenshawe Hospital75.58%Manchester
19Worthing Hospital75.43%Worthing
20Bristol Royal Infirmary74.84%Bristol
21Hexham General Hospital74.72%Hexham
22St Mary's Hospital74.68%London
23Frimley Park Hospital73.81%Camberley
24Manchester Royal Infirmary73.43%Manchester
25Royal Free Hospital73.33%London
26Glasgow Royal Infirmary73.17%Glasgow1
27The London Independent Hospital73.14%London
28Royal Berkshire Hospital73.13%Reading
29Southampton General Hospital72.85%Southampton
30Northern General Hospital72.33%Sheffield
31St Helens Hospital72.28%St. Helens
32Royal Derby Hospital72.27%Derby
33Homerton University Hospital72.09%London
34Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at Little France71.75%Edinburgh1
35Royal Hallamshire Hospital71.59%Sheffield
36Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford)71.57%Exeter
37Hammersmith Hospital71.47%London
38Queen Elizabeth University Hospital71.36%Glasgow1
39St George's Hospital71.35%London
40Nuffield Health - Leeds Hospital71.30%Leeds
41Nottingham University Hospitals - Queen's Medical Centre Campus71.29%Nottingham
42Kingston Hospital71.08%Kingston Upon Thames
43Queen Elizabeth Hospital - Gateshead71.03%Gateshead
44The Princess Grace Hospital70.84%London
45Royal Surrey County Hospital70.78%Guildford
46University Hospital Of Wales70.74%Cardiff1
47St James's Hospital70.70%Leeds
48Southmead Hospital70.69%Bristol
49Stoke Mandeville Hospital70.52%Buckinghamshire
50Musgrove Park Hospital70.49%Taunton
51The London Clinic70.31%London
52Chapel Allerton Hospital70.02%Leeds
53Whiston Hospital69.98%Prescot
54Royal United Hospital69.81%Bath
55Tameside General Hospital69.78%Ashton under Lyne
56Conquest Hospital69.67%St. Leonards-on-Sea
57Glenfield Hospital69.44%Leicester
58Royal Bolton Hospital69.40%Bolton
59Bupa Cromwell Hospital69.25%London
60Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital69.23%Basingstoke
61Poole Hospital69.19%Poole
62King's Mill Hospital69.14%Sutton-in-Ashfield
63The Whittington Hospital69.13%London
64New Cross Hospital68.97%Wolverhampton
65Harrogate District Hospital68.79%Harrogate
66Withington Community Hospital68.76%Manchester
67Wexham Park Hospital68.75%Slough
68Royal Victoria Hospital68.74%Belfast1
69Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital68.73%Cramlington
70Heatherwood Hospital68.70%Ascot
71Trafford General Hospital68.66%Manchester
72North Tyneside General Hospital68.61%North Shields
73Grantham and District Hospital68.60%Grantham
74Nottingham University Hospitals - City Campus68.53%Nottingham
75Burnley General Hospital68.42%Burnley
76Castle Hill Hospital68.41%Cottingham
77Clifton Hospital68.40%Lytham St. Annes
78St John's Hospital68.38%Livingston1
79Calderdale Royal Hospital68.35%Halifax
80Crawley Hospital68.34%Crawley
81The Alexandra Hospital68.29%Cheadle
82Luton and Dunstable Hospital68.25%Luton
83Southend University Hospital68.19%Westcliff-on-Sea
84Warwick Hospital68.11%Warwick
85University Hospital - Coventry68.10%Coventry
86Golden Jubilee National Hospital68.07%Glasgow1
87Charing Cross Hospital67.90%London
88Princess Royal Hospital67.85%Haywards Heath
89Queen Elizabeth Hospital - London67.80%London
90The York Hospital67.79%York
91The James Cook University Hospital67.70%Middlesbrough
92Brighton General Hospital67.65%Brighton1
93Darlington Memorial Hospital67.56%Darlington
94Cheltenham General Hospital67.55%Cheltenham
95University Hospital Of Hartlepool67.54%Hartlepool
96The Royal Albert Edward Infirmary67.49%Wigan
97Newark Hospital67.44%Newark
98Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI)67.40%Bradford
99Royal Hampshire County Hospital67.38%Winchester
100The Wellington Hospital67.34%London
101Leicester Royal Infirmary67.33%Leicester
102Queen Mary's Hospital67.32%London
103James Paget University Hospital67.31%Great Yarmouth
104Epsom Hospital67.26%Epsom
105City Hospital Birmingham67.25%Birmingham
106Broadgreen Hospital67.24%Liverpool
107University Hospital of North Durham67.23%Durham
108Eastbourne District General Hospital67.21%Eastbourne
109Sunderland Royal Hospital67.20%Sunderland
110Chesterfield Royal Hospital67.19%Chesterfield
111West Middlesex University Hospital67.16%Isleworth
112Darent Valley Hospital67.14%Dartford
113St Peter's Hospital67.12%Chertsey
114Bassetlaw Hospital67.11%Worksop
115The Princess Margaret Hospital67.10%Windsor
116St Lukes Hospital67.09%Bradford
117County Hospital Louth67.08%Louth
118Derriford Hospital67.05%Plymouth
119Royal Stoke University Hospital67.04%Stoke-on-Trent
120Torbay Hospital67.03%Torquay
121KIMS Hospital67.02%Maidstone
122Yeovil District Hospital67.01%Yeovil
123Queen Alexandra Hospital67.00%Portsmouth
124Barnsley Hospital66.99%Barnsley
125Salisbury District Hospital66.98%Salisbury
126The Chiltern Hospital66.97%Great Missenden
specializedAlder Hey Children's Hospital - PediatricsLiverpool
specializedBirmingham Children's Hospital - PediatricsBirmingham
specializedBristol Royal Hospital For Children - PediatricsBristol1
specializedChurchill Hospital - OncologyOxford
specializedGreat Ormond Street Hospital for Children - PediatricsLondon
specializedLiverpool Heart and Chest Hospital - CardiologyLiverpool
specializedNational Hospital For Neurology and Neurosurgery - NeurologyLondon
specializedQueen Charlotte's & Chelsea Hospital - MaternityLondon
specializedRoyal Brompton Hospital- Cardiology & PulmonologyLondon
specializedRoyal Manchester Children's Hospital - PediatricsManchester
specializedRoyal Papworth Hospital - Cardiology & PulmonologyCambridge
specializedThe Christie - OncologyManchester
specializedThe Royal Marsden Hospital - London - OncologyLondon
specializedThe Royal Marsden Hospital - Surrey - OncologySutton


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Global Board of Medical Experts:

The global board of medical experts was founded by Statista to support the World's Best Hospitals Project. The board is an independent body that is tasked with the continuous development of the quality and scope of the project. Current members of the board of experts are listed here.

The idea behind the global board of medical experts is to create an independent body that is tasked with the continuous development of the quality and scope of the project. The global board of medical experts is therefore tasked with providing guidance and input for the continuous development and future expansions of the methodology. This includes input regarding new data sources, future methodological considerations, as well as the ongoing development of the PROMs implementation survey. The members of the global board of medical experts were carefully chosen based on their national and international expertise and decade-long experience in their respective medical fields as well as their scientific output.


The World's Best Hospitals 2023 ranking lists the best hospitals in 28 countries: U.S., Germany, Japan, South Korea, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Spain, Brazil, Canada, India, Australia, Mexico, The Netherlands, Austria, Thailand, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Israel, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Colombia and Taiwan. The countries were selected based on multiple comparability factors, such as standard of living/life expectancy, population size, number of hospitals and data availability.

A global board of renowned medical experts supports the continuous development of the methodology. Thus, the lists are based on four data sources:

1- Over 80,0000 medical experts (doctors, hospitals managers, health care professionals) in 28 countries were invited to participate in the online survey. Participants were asked to recommend hospitals in their own country as well as in other countries. Recommendations for own employer/ hospital were not allowed.
2- Results from patient experience surveys. Publicly available data from existing patient surveys was used to analyze patient experience. Patient surveys are typically conducted by insurance companies among patients after hospitalization. Examples of survey topics include: general satisfaction with hospital, recommendation of hospital and satisfaction with medical care.
3- Hospital quality metrics e.g., data on quality of treatment and hygiene measures. Quality metrics from a variety of public sources were collected for most countries. Quality metrics differ between the countries. Examples of included data are data on quality of care for specific treatments, data on hygiene measures and patient safety and data on number of patients per doctors and per nurse.
4- PROMs implementation survey: For the first time, a PROMs implementation score has been included in the scoring model of the World's Best Hospitals project. PROMs are defined as standardized, validated questionnaires completed by patients to measure their perception of their functional well-being and quality of life. In fall/winter of 2022, Newsweek and Statista reached out to hospitals and conducted a survey about the implementation and use of PROMs.

Scores were calculated for each hospital in each of the four categories and weighted: Peer recommendation (49% national, 5% international): patient experience (14.5%), hospital quality metrics (29%), PROMs implementation (2.5%).

Every hospital in each country is rated by a score. Scores are only comparable between hospitals in the same country, because different sources for patient experience and medical KPIs were examined in each country. Since it was not possible to harmonize this data, cross-country comparisons of the scores are not possible (a score of 90 in country A doesn't necessarily mean that this hospital is better than a hospital with a score of 87 in country B).
The number of hospitals awarded in each country varies based on the number of hospitals and data availability in the respective country. The U.S. had the most hospitals awarded with 420, while Israel and Singapore were represented with 10 hospitals each. In total, more than 2,300 hospitals were ranked for this fifth edition of the ranking.
The online edition of this study includes a global top 250 list. The global top hospitals were determined by the number of international recommendations received in the survey and their national rank. The global list does not include specialized hospitals.

The rankings are comprised exclusively of hospitals that are eligible regarding the scope described in this document. The ranking is the result of an elaborate process which, due to the interval of data-collection and analysis, is a reflection of the last calendar year. Furthermore, events preceding or following the period 01/01/2022-31/12/2022 and/or pertaining to individual persons affiliated/associated to the facilities were not included in the metrics. As such, the results of this ranking should not be used as the sole source of information for future deliberations.

Download the methodology overview here.

Download the extended methodology here.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this ranking should be considered in conjunction with other available information about hospitals or, if possible, accompanied by a visit to a facility. The quality of hospitals that are not included in the rankings is not disputed.

1 - No medical KPI was used to determine the score for these hospitals. Their scores relies on patient satisfaction data and recommendations from medical experts.
2 - No patient satisfaction data was used to determine the score for these hospitals. Their scores relies on results from medical KPIs and recommendations from medical experts.
X - Hospitals filled out the PROMs implementation survey
- The focus of World's Best Hospitals is to award general hospitals. Specialized hospitals which have been recommended, are featured on the country lists without a rank.
- For the global ranking, please note that the PROMs score was taken into account for the national rank.