Examining the findings of the Dalton Review

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Sir David Dalton discussed the findings of his Review, published at the end of last year, on new options for providers of NHS care. This session provided a key opportunity to discuss and debate how high-performing NHS organisations might lend their support to providers in difficulty.

The discussion focussed on:

  • looking at the options and opportunities for providers of NHS care, aimed at reducing variations in clinical standards, financial performance and patient safety across the country
  • encouraging providers to look beyond their own organisational boundaries to pursue development opportunities
  • exploring how high-performing NHS organisations might lend their support to providers in difficulty and/or replicate their successful models, systems and methods.


Sir David Dalton

Sir David Dalton is Chief Executive of Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, which has the highest rating in both the NHS staff satisfaction and NHS Patient Satisfaction surveys of any acute trust in the 2013 surveys. An integrated provider of hospital, community and primary care services - including the University Teaching Hospital - the trust has a turnover of £440 million, employs 6,500 staff and provides local services to the City of Salford and specialist services to Greater Manchester and beyond.

Sir David has been an NHS chief executive for more than 20 years, serving at Salford Royal for 13 years. He has a particular interest in quality improvement with a focus on improving patient safety and service reliability. He is leading a programme to achieve the lowest mortality rate in the NHS and to achieve harm-free care for the patients of his trust. He served on the Berwick Review of Patient Safety, which reported its recommendations to the Prime Minister last year.

He is currently working with colleagues in primary and social care to develop a new integrated care service in Salford with its triple aim of improved outcomes, better experience and lower cost. He chairs the Haelo Group, which organises improvement activity with Salford partners to improve the health of the population.