NHS foundation trust quality reports: 2017/18 requirements

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Details of contents and assurance requirements for NHS foundation trusts preparing their 2017/18 quality reports.

NHS foundation trusts must include a report on the quality of care they provide in their annual report to improve public accountability.

These documents are only mandatory for NHS foundation trusts. NHS trusts prepare a quality account but not a quality report, however the documents contain guidance for NHS trusts who may choose to adopt the principles applied by NHS foundation trusts.

 The requirements for quality accounts are published in a separate letter.

Detailed requirements for quality reports 2017/18 - updated 23 February PDF, 412.6 KB

Describes the detailed requirements for NHS foundation trusts submitting their quality reports.

Page 18 of this document contains a link to NHS Digital’s webpage for quality accounts. This web address has changed and can now be found here.

Detailed guidance for external assurance on quality reports 2017/18 - updated 23 February PDF, 416.8 KB

Explains how NHS foundation trusts and their auditors should carry out checks on the quality reports.

These documents were updated on 23 February 2018:

  • The detailed requirements for quality reports document was updated to add additional guidance on disclosure of the inappropriate out-of-area placements indicator.
  • The detailed requirements for external assurance on quality reports document was updated to remove the summary hospital mortality indicator from the list of indicators for assurance at acute NHS foundation trusts, and add further information on the inappropriate out-of-area placements indicator. Further details are provided in section 1.4 of the document.

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