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 2018/19
Detailed requirements for external assurance for quality reports 2018/19