New CCG improvement and assessment framework launched today

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NHS England has today launched a new Improvement and Assessment Framework for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), which will include ratings published online to show patients how their local health service is performing in six important areas.

From June, an initial assessment of CCG performance will be available online that will cover six crucial areas including cancer, dementia, diabetes, mental health, learning disabilities and maternity care.  Each will be based on metrics in the framework that will be verified by independent panels chaired by experts in each field.  This will be followed by an annual assessment in June 2017 which will incorporate additional information from the local Sustainability and Transformation Plans and other relevant data.

As well as the six areas verified by the panels, the new framework will also report CCG performance in 29 key areas, including new models of care, efficiency and conflicts of interest management.

The framework is intended as a focal point for joint work and support between NHS England and CCGs, and was developed with input from NHS Clinical Commissioners, CCGs, patient groups and charities. It draws together the NHS Constitution, performance and finance metrics and transformational challenges and will play an important part in the delivery of the Five Year Forward View.

Ian Dodge, National Director of Commissioning Strategy, NHS England said: “The new CCG Improvement and Assessment Framework is intended to embed a ‘triple aim’ in how CCGs work with NHS England: better health for their local populations, better care for patients, and better value for the taxpayer.

“It’s about better reflecting what matters most to local communities as CCGs carry on their work to implement the Five Year Forward View and maintain high standards for patients.

“We’re aiming for clarity, simplicity and balance. We’ve heard support for a greater focus on assisting improvement alongside our statutory assessment function – and that will be the real test of the framework’s success.”

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