Commissioners may face extra local targets

GP commissioners in England may have to meet additional local targets to help health and wellbeing boards meet local priorities, the health secretary revealed today.

Andrew Lansley said these local targets should be ‘informed’ but not ‘overshadowed’ by national targets.

In his annual report on the  NHS in England, Mr Lansley said the DH was looking to develop a basket of indicators for health and wellbeing boards to use to assess commissioners. This basket would be based on the NHS outcomes frameworks and the outcomes frameworks for public health and adult social care.

The report was published alongside a draft 'mandate' document setting out objectives for the NHS Commissioning Board.

‘The DH is currently looking at how the outcomes frameworks can support health and wellbeing boards, both in terms of understanding the needs of the local area and how well services are meeting those needs, including a potential basket of indicators,’ Mr Lansley said.

‘It will be for health and wellbeing boards to set their own local priorities… and use these as a basis for local commissioning services,’ he added. 'National outcomes measures and strategies should inform, but not overshadow, these local priorities.’

The health secretary’s annual review said that the performance of the NHS had improved in 2011/12 and that public confidence in the NHS remains high.

But he warned that health inequalities were continuing to widen and that more work was needed to improve the integration of care.

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