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The terms of reference set out the Department of Health’s ambitions to develop a ‘scorecard’ of local health system performance. The Department of Health’s stated aims for the health system scorecard are to:
- allow commissioners to assess the quality and effectiveness of local services and identify areas for improvement
- provide accountability to patients and the public, allowing them to compare local health services on the basis of objective information
- help NHS England identify areas where CCGs may need targeted support to improve quality of care and health outcomes.
The full terms of reference can be found as an annex to the report.
The Health Foundation has carried out a review of indicators of quality of care in general practices in England. Their review is also published today and is available on the Health Foundation’s website.
Between July and September 2015 The King’s Fund carried out the review requested by the Secretary of State for Health. It included a consultation with technical experts and stakeholders such as clinical commissioning groups, professional societies, national bodies and patient groups.
The King’s Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and health care in England. We help to shape policy and practice through research and analysis; develop individuals, teams and organisations; promote understanding of the health and social care system; and bring people together to learn, share knowledge and debate. Our vision is that the best possible care is available to all.