World's Best Hospitals 2022 - United Kingdom

World's Best Hospitals 2022

The world's hospitals have been the front line in medicine's constantly evolving war against COVID-19 for two years now. According to the experts who helped guide the results of our annual ranking of the World's Best Hospitals, that has meant learning to adapt to new and existing challenges quickly and improvising on the fly.

For instance, according to Dr. Gary S. Kaplan, former CEO of Virginia Mason Franciscan Health and current senior vice president of CommonSpirit Health, "The pandemic has exacerbated a worldwide healthcare staffing shortage, especially in nursing."

David Bates, chief of general internal medicine and primary care at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital (No. 17 on Newsweek's Best Hospitals Global Leaders list) says, "We had to very rapidly convert beds to ICU beds, and close large sections of the hospital, then come up with staff to cover those beds. There were also great challenges with managing our supply chain for things like ventilators and personal protective equipment."

Dr. Christoph Meier, Director of the Department of Internal Medicine at University Hospital Zurich (No. 15 on our Global Leaders list) says, "Many lessons could be learned from COVID, such as recognizing the efficacy of virtual meetings, valuing the importance of hospital hygiene and emphasizing the importance of generalists over siloed specialization. The biggest challenge was the joint setting of individual priorities for a common goal."

Many medical institutions struggled with these and other challenges over the course of the pandemic but what has set the world's leading hospitals apart is their continued ability to deliver the highest-quality patient care and conduct critical medical research even as they focused on battling COVID. Indeed, as the fourth annual ranking of the World's Best Hospitals by Newsweek and Statista shows, consistency in excellence is the hallmark of these institutions, with familiar names dominating the list and top spots.

The hospitals that have fared best during the pandemic are those that have learned to work faster by communicating better and breaking down internal silos, according to Dr. Gregory Katz, professor of Innovation & Value in Health at the University of Paris School of Medicine: "A critical facilitator of velocity is broad participation from hospital teams. If there is one thing we take away from our fight against COVID-19, it's the value of preparation. For hospital leaders, it's all about choice, not chance."

Dr. Jens Deerberg-Wittram, CEO and president of Romed Kliniken, a German nonprofit health system, says much of that preparation comes down to being ready to pay for the nuts-and-bolts necessary to take of very sick people. "We learned over the pandemic," he says, "that those hospitals truly make a difference in a global crisis who are running expensive and resource-intense infrastructure like emergency departments, ICUs, ECMO [extracorporeal membrane oxygen machines] et cetera."

How do the leading hospitals maintain their top status in the midst of a global pandemic that has turned the medical world upside down? The ability and drive to continually innovate is key—and top talent is at the heart of that. As Bates says, "Premier hospitals remain strong largely by attracting the best people, those who are focused on developing new approaches to care and making care better."

Kaplan adds, "Top hospitals maintain their excellence by having clear and embraced missions and aspirational visions leading to constancy of purpose that is lived daily by all staff. This must be coupled with leadership constancy and consistency that creates alignment from the boardroom to the front line of care."

According to Deerberg-Wittram, "A certain intellectual mindset, an academic culture, a strong focus on patient outcomes and an inspiring environment for young talents are the ingredients for a premier hospital that lasts over decades."

This year's rankings represent an expanded universe, with three new countries on the list—Colombia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates—bringing the total to over 2,200 hospitals in 27 countries. And the results show a remarkable cross-section of excellence across the world: Twenty one countries are represented in the global top 150. The U.S. leads with 33 hospitals, followed by Germany with 14; Italy and France with 10 each; and South Korea with eight. Overall, there were 13 new hospitals in this year's top 100. Among the biggest movers from last year's rankings were No. 14 Universitätsspital Basel, up from 35 last year; No. 28 Northwestern Memorial Hospital (58 in 2021); No. 43 Seoul's Samsung Medical Center (73) and No. 59 New York's NYU Langone Hospitals (86).

The goal of this study is to provide the best data-based comparison of hospital reputation and performance across countries. We hope this will be useful not only to patients and families seeking the best care for themselves and loved ones, but also to hospitals as they benchmark themselves against their peers during a period of unprecedented change.

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RankHospitalScoreCityFootnote
1St Thomas' Hospital89.11%London
2University College Hospital88.07%London
3Addenbrooke's85.28%Cambridge
4John Radcliffe Hospital85.12%Oxford
5St. Bartholomew's Hospital83.32%London
6Guy's Hospital83.13%London
7Chelsea and Westminster Hospital82.85%London
8Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham82.28%Birmingham
9Freeman Hospital82.22%Newcastle Upon Tyne
10The Royal Victoria Infirmary81.48%Newcastle Upon Tyne
11Salford Royal79.23%Salford
12St Richard's Hospital78.66%Chichester
13East Surrey Hospital78.23%Redhill
14Wythenshawe Hospital78.08%Manchester
15King's College Hospital77.78%London
16The Royal London Hospital77.56%London
17London Bridge Hospital77.36%London
18St Mary's Hospital77.14%London
19Worthing Hospital77.10%Worthing
20Leeds General Infirmary76.99%Leeds
21Hexham General Hospital76.84%Hexham
22Frimley Park Hospital76.82%Camberley
23Royal Free Hospital76.72%London
24Northern General Hospital76.65%Sheffield
25Bristol Royal Infirmary76.49%Bristol
26Royal Derby Hospital76.00%Derby
27Manchester Royal Infirmary75.81%Manchester
28Homerton University Hospital75.45%London
29BMI The London Independent Hospital75.42%London
30Glasgow Royal Infirmary75.41%Glasgow
31Royal Hallamshire Hospital75.28%Sheffield
32Royal Berkshire Hospital75.06%Reading
33Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at Little France75.00%Edinburgh
34Nottingham University Hospitals - Queen's Medical Centre Campus74.98%Nottingham
35Southampton General Hospital74.87%Southampton
36Hammersmith Hospital74.78%London
37St Helens Hospital74.56%St. Helens
38The Princess Grace Hospital74.34%London
39Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford)74.20%Exeter
40St James's Hospital74.20%Leeds
41St George's Hospital74.19%London
42University Hospital Of Wales73.92%Cardiff
43Nuffield Health - Leeds Hospital73.84%Leeds
44Musgrove Park Hospital73.78%Taunton
45Queen Elizabeth University Hospital73.76%Glasgow
46Tameside General Hospital73.70%Ashton Under Lyne
47Kingston Hospital73.62%Kingston Upon Thames
48Stoke Mandeville Hospital73.54%Buckinghamshire
49Poole Hospital73.43%Poole
50Queen Elizabeth Hospital - Gateshead73.39%Gateshead
51Royal Surrey County Hospital73.14%Guildford
52The Whittington Hospital73.02%London
53Chapel Allerton Hospital72.91%Leeds
54The London Clinic72.81%London
55New Cross Hospital72.78%Wolverhampton
56Southmead Hospital72.74%Bristol
57Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital72.65%Cramlington
58Whiston Hospital72.50%Prescot
59Glenfield Hospital72.45%Leicester
60Royal United Hospital72.44%Bath
61Harrogate District Hospital72.44%Harrogate
62King's Mill Hospital72.40%Sutton-In-Ashfield
63Conquest Hospital72.29%St. Leonards-on-Sea
64Bupa Cromwell Hospital72.28%London
65Trafford General Hospital72.28%Manchester
66Heatherwood Hospital72.22%Ascot
67Royal Bolton Hospital72.14%Bolton
68Royal Victoria Hospital72.09%Belfast
69St John's Hospital72.07%Livingston
70Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital71.98%Basingstoke
71Calderdale Royal Hospital71.89%Halifax
72Nottingham University Hospitals - City Campus71.87%Nottingham
73University Hospital - Coventry71.86%Coventry
74Crawley Hospital71.84%Crawley
75Withington Community Hospital71.79%Manchester
76Luton and Dunstable Hospital71.68%Luton
77North Tyneside General Hospital71.63%North Shields
78Wexham Park Hospital71.60%Slough
79Clifton Hospital71.55%Lytham St. Annes
80Golden Jubilee National Hospital71.40%Glasgow
81Wellington Hospital71.32%London
82Grantham and District Hospital71.23%Grantham
83Royal Albert Edward Infirmary71.13%Wigan
84Charing Cross Hospital71.09%London
85Burnley General Hospital71.08%Burnley
86The Alexandra Hospital71.05%Cheadle
87Southend Hospital71.03%Westcliff-on-Sea
88Castle Hill Hospital70.96%Cottingham
89Hospital Of St Cross70.91%Rugby
90Warwick Hospital70.83%Warwick
91Bassetlaw Hospital70.68%Worksop
92Queen Elizabeth Hospital - London70.67%London
93The York Hospital70.61%York
94Horton General Hospital70.52%Banbury
95Northampton General Hospital70.47%Northampton
96Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital70.30%Norwich
97James Paget University Hospital70.24%Great Yarmouth
98Brighton General Hospital70.19%Brighton
99Princess Royal Hospital70.18%Haywards Heath
100Eastbourne District General Hospital70.14%Eastbourne
101The James Cook University Hospital70.04%Middlesbrough
102Darlington Memorial Hospital70.02%Darlington
103Newark Hospital70.00%Newark
104University Hospital Of Hartlepool69.96%Hartlepool
105West Suffolk Hospital69.95%Bury St. Edmunds
106Barnsley Hospital69.94%Barnsley
107Cheltenham General Hospital69.90%Cheltenham
108City Hospital Birmingham69.78%Birmingham
109Queen Mary's Hospital69.77%London
110Chesterfield Royal Hospital69.77%Chesterfield
111Epsom Hospital69.75%Epsom
112Broadgreen Hospital69.69%Liverpool
113University Hospital Of North Durham69.65%Durham
114Bradford Royal Infirmary69.60%Bradford
115Darent Valley Hospital69.48%Dartford
116Royal Hampshire County Hospital69.42%Winchester
117Leicester Royal Infirmary69.41%Leicester
118Royal Blackburn Hospital69.41%Blackburn
119West Middlesex University Hospital69.39%Isleworth
120South West Acute Hospital69.32%Enniskillen
121Derriford Hospital69.30%Plymouth
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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.



Methodology

The World's Best Hospitals 2022 ranking lists the best hospitals in 27 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 and Colombia.The countries were selected based on multiple comparability factors, such as standard of living/life expectancy,population size, number of hospitals and data availability. The lists are based on three data sources:
1. Over 80,0000 medical experts (doctors, hospitals managers, health care professionals) in 27 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. Medical key performance indicators (KPIs) on hospitals e.g., data on quality of treatment and hygiene measures.KPIs from a variety of public sources were collected for most countries. KPIs 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.

Scores were calculated for each hospital in each of the three categories and weighted: Peer recommendation (50% national, 5% international), patient experience (15%), medical KPIs (30%).

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 preliminary rankings were sent to an international network of medical journalists for plausibility checks. A global board of renowned medical experts validated the rankings.

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 2,200 hospitals were ranked for this fourth edition of the ranking.

The online edition of this study includes a Global Top 250 list. The list includes a ranking of the 150 best global hospitals, ranks 151–250 are sorted alphabetically. The top 150 were determined by the number of international recommendations received and their national rank. Ranks 151 through 250 consist of the next best hospitals in each country. They are sorted alphabetically because the data is too heterogeneous between countries to allow for further cross-country comparison. The global list does not include specialized hospitals.

The rankings are comprised exclusively of hospitals that are eligible regarding the scope described in this article. A mention in the ranking is a positive recognition based on peer recommendations and publicly available data sources at the time. 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 01/01/2021–12/31/2021 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. 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. The full rankings and methodology are available online.


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Disclaimer:
The rankings are comprised exclusively of hospitals that are eligible regarding the scope described in this article. A mention in the ranking is a positive recognition based on peer recommendations and publicly available data sources at the time. 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 01/01/2021-31/12/2021 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. 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.

Footnotes:
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.