St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust was named best acute Trust in England for the second year running. The Patient Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE) programme awarded first place to the Trust after inspections were carried out at Whiston and St Helens Hospitals, and for the first time the Trust’s new Intermediate Care Unit at Newton Hospital. Scoring an average of 99% across the board, the Trust achieved top marks in the country for cleanliness, food, privacy and dignity, condition of the buildings and facilities for patients living with dementia and patients with disabilities. The Trust was the only acute Trust in the entire country to score 100% for facilities for patients living with a disability and for the condition of the hospitals buildings. The PLACE assessments inspect and score all acute and specialist organisations throughout England. The assessments are carried out by patients, patient representatives and members of the public.