Ofsted-style CCG ratings system launched by NHS England

A ratings system for CCGs - similar to the Ofsted-style model used for hospitals - has been launched by NHS England.

The improvement and assessment framework will rate CCGs’ performance in six areas with results published online.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt first announced the ‘Ofsted-style’ ratings for local health systems in October 2015.

From June an initial assessment of CCGs’ performance will be published online covering cancer, dementia, diabetes, mental health, learning disabilities and maternity care. CCG performance against metrics in each area will be assessed by independent expert panels.

CCG performance

From June 2017 the annual assessment will also incorporate additional information drawn from sources including local sustainability and transformation plans.

On top of the six areas verified by panels, CCGs will be rated on performance in 29 other areas including new models of care, efficiency and conflicts of interest management.

When the scheme was first announced RCGP chairwoman Dr Maureen Baker challenged Mr Hunt as to whether aggregate measures could ‘mask poor performance in individual indicators and thus not be meaningful’.

‘I'm afraid I don't see how a committee that puts an Ofsted rating against this will do anything to mitigate that risk,' she told the health secretary.

NHS standards

Mr Hunt said the system was similar to that used for CQC hospital inspections to aggregate ratings.

NHS England national director of commissioning strategy Ian Dodge 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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