New single oversight framework launched to help NHS providers improve services

We've launched a consultation on a single oversight and improvement framework which is designed to help identify the support needs of both NHS trusts and foundation trusts.

What is this framework for?

The purpose of the framework is to identify where providers may benefit from improvement support across five areas: 

  • quality of care
  • finance and use of resources
  • operational performance
  • strategic change
  • leadership and improvement capability

It will also be used to identify which NHS providers would benefit from direct support from - and enabled by - us as it seeks to work alongside providers to help improve the quality and management of services: supporting first and intervening only where necessary.

The framework is set to replace the legacy Risk Assessment Framework (used by Monitor to regulate Foundation Trusts) and the Accountability Framework used by the NHS Trust Development Authority. It will not apply to independent providers. 

Jim Mackey, Chief Executive of NHS Improvement said:

“The framework we are consulting on will shift the emphasis away from regulation and performance management and towards identifying how we can best help providers make the improvements they want to make for patients. 

“Given the challenges the NHS faces, it is important that all national bodies work together – which is why we’ve been working alongside the Care Quality Commission and NHS England in developing this framework.”

The consultation will last for six weeks and we will be running engagement events across England to seek views from across the NHS.

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