Notes to editors
1. How do quality accounts measure up? Findings from the first year is published on Thursday 6 January and will be available on The King's Fund website.
2. NHS Medical Director, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh and Monitor’s Chief Executive, David Bennett set out their the expectations for the 2010-11 quality accounts, including likely revisions to Regulations and formal guidance; the medium to long-term vision for quality accounts and their intentions for extending quality accounts to community services for 2010-11
3. The report authors read and analysed a representative sample of 2010 quality accounts of the providers of acute and mental health services from both the NHS and independent sector, focusing on three selected aspects:
- The quality measures used to review performance
- Data quality and participation in national clinical audits and confidential enquiries
- Patient and public feedback, local involvement and external scrutiny
The team reviewed 64 quality accounts, approximately 25 per cent of the total quality accounts for 2010. This is an approximation because no comprehensive list exists of all the providers who met the criteria for being required to produce a quality account in 2010.
4. In April 2010, The King's Fund published Accounting for quality to the local community, which examined how far the then Labour government’s plans for quality accounts meet its objective to increase NHS accountability by making more information about quality available to the public. It outlined the conclusions of focus groups that were conducted with local community representatives, such as members of local involvement networks (LINks) and health overview and scrutiny committees (HOSCs), and with members and governors of foundation trusts and included recommendations for policy makers.