The framework for Quality Accounts in the NHS in England

The Department of Health has published its official response to the consultation The Framework for Quality Accounts – a consultation on the proposals. It informs the regulation and DH toolkit for 2009–2010 Quality Accounts. The document identifies responses on the:

– Content of quality accounts;
– Publication of Quality Accounts; and
– Which organisations will be required to produce a Quality Account.

According to Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS Medical Director, “the primary purpose of Quality Accounts is to encourage boards to assess quality across the totality of services they offer with an eye to continuous quality improvement. If designed well, the accounts should assure commissioners, patients and the public that trust boards are regularly scrutinising each and every one of their services.”

Following on from the response to the consultation, the document states that “a toolkit will be published alongside the Regulations this Spring that will contain guidance for providers on the production of a Quality Account.”

Read the publication The Framework for Quality Accounts: Response to consultation here.

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