NHS England has unveiled an inspections regime with a similar mandate to the Care Quality Commission, which will report on how local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are performing.
The aim is to publish online reports about each CCG in England so that patients and citizens can see how their local health service is performing in six areas including dementia care, cancer, diabetes, mental health, learning disabilities and maternity.
Social care such as care homes is not expected to be specifically targeted, but will feed into overall CCG performance reviews that will including 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.”