On 21st December 2016, the National Quality Board has published a new framework that will promote better quality criteria across all national health organisations.
The new framework provides a nationwide agreed definition of quality and guide for leaders of health and social care organisations across the country to support them improve quality.
The National Quality Board brings together the Public Health England, Department of Health, NHS England, NHS Improvement, the National Institute of Care Excellence and Care Quality Commission and was established to provide leadership on quality on behalf of the national health bodies.
The national bodies that form the National Quality Board has agreed the new framework that aims to provide more consistency and cut unnecessary red tape to enable the health and social care system to work together more effectively.
The framework sets out a range of measures to accomplish higher and consistent standards including:
The Medical Director of the NHS England and co-chair of the National Quality Board, Sir Bruce Keogh, said that the Health care services around the world are facing the challenges of rising demands and tough financial circumstances. The shared vision of quality is a response to the call for a consistent approach and NHS England hope that it will act as a further catalyst for improvement by leaders at what is a critical time for change in the health sector.
The CQC’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals and the co-chair of the National Quality Board, Professor Sir Mike Richards, said that the national care report of CQC highlighted variation in quality in all the sectors it regulates - between providers and even between different services from the same provider.
He further added that the National Quality Board’s single shared view of quality envisages person-centred services that are safe, caring, responsive, effective and well led, and use resources in a sustainable way.
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