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Plans announced for 2008/09

19th June 2008

The Healthcare Commission has published it plans for the 2008/09 annual health check of NHS trusts.

The aim of the check is to enable patients and the public to compare performance and identify where improvements have been made.

While the check, which has been in place for three years, is largely unchanged for 2008/09 it has been refined to put greater weight on the experience of patients and the safety and quality of care they receive.

The annual health check will see each NHS trust receive an overall performance rating in two parts – for the quality of services and for quality of financial management.

It will measure basic standards across the NHS as well as performance on indicators that matter to patients, including safety, clinical effectiveness and waiting times.

The Commission will conduct the 2008/09 health check until the end of the assessment year in April 2009 with the new regulator for health and social care, The Care Quality Commission, due to publish the results in autumn 2009.

To score well in the assessment, the Commission says that trusts will need to give greater priority to the experience of their patients and service users, safety, the quality of clinical care, and the commissioning of services.

Commission chief executive Anna Walker said: “We have listened to the views of patients, the public, clinical groups and the NHS. The fundamental structure of the annual health check remains the same.

“But we have refined the assessment to make it more relevant to different types of healthcare.?

 

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