DoH launches quality benchmark scheme

Indicators allowing NHS organisations across England to benchmark their quality of care against others will be launched next April.

The NHS Information Centre has launched a website to allow health care staff to review indicators currently in use. The DoH will then develop a menu of existing metrics from which local organisations will be able choose indictors that meet their needs.

‘Our vision is for an NHS where teams consistently measure what they do, using good and timely information as a basis to improve the care they provide and to compare themselves with other teams,’ the DoH says.

The measurements of the quality of care delivered by the NHS will initially focus on hospital care, but will later be expanded to include primary care.

Information from the metrics will also be expected to be used by patients, to allow them greater control over the care they receive and to support decisions they make with health care professionals, the DoH says.

Further details on the proposals and the survey of current metrics are available on the NHS Information Centre website.

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