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    26 October 2011

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17 March 2011

The National Quality Board (NQB) has today published its first report of a two-phase review of maintaining and improving quality during the modernisation of the NHS and beyond. It describes the key roles and responsibilities of organisations and individuals that will protect and improve quality, suggests practical steps to safeguard quality during the transition; and emphasises the importance of the effective handover of knowledge and intelligence on quality between old and new organisations. Building on the NQB’s February 2010 Review of Early Warnings Systems in the NHS, it emphasises how quality must remain the guiding principle as organisations move to implement the modernisation plans, and is clear that healthcare professionals are ultimately responsible for the quality of care provided to patients.

This first report, Maintaining and Improving Quality during the Transition: safety, effectiveness, experience, focuses on the first full year of transition 2011/12. Later this year the NQB will publish a further report with advice on how quality should be stitched into the fabric of the new architecture in order to maximise the potential for delivering high quality services for patients.

Alongside Maintaining and Improving Quality, the NQB has published Quality Governance in the NHS – a guide for provider boards. This non-prescriptive tool can be used by provider boards to support organisations in ensuring resilience for quality.

4 November 2010

National review of the hospital standardised mortality ratio

This is the final report of the steering group for the national review of the hospital standardised mortality ratio (HSMR). The steering group was established on behalf of the National Quality Board to review the methodology for calculating HSMR and recommend how these statistics should be used in the future. It was led by Ian Dalton in his role as Chief Executive of NHS North East, and was made up of a wide range of the leading experts on mortality as well as representatives of key interests and stakeholders. The review and its outputs therefore reflect three months of work from a number of people and organisations.

Gateway reference 15066.

1 November 2010

Liberating the NHS: National Quality Board’s advice on implementing the White Paper

The following letter sets out advice from the National Quality Board on implementing the proposals set out in the Government's White Paper, Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS and its associated consultation documents

20 August 2010

The National Quality Board and the National Leadership Council have provided advice to the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) on how to strengthen the quality and leadership aspects of the awards scheme. The National Quality Board considered the advice it wanted to provide to the ACCEA at a meeting on 25 May 2010 (see papers and minutes in the Meeting papers and minutes section) with the National Leadership Council considering its advice.  The following letter represents the final joint advice of the National Quality Board and the National Leadership Council to the Chair of the ACCEA.

8 July 2010

Information on the quality of services - final report

This is the final report from the National Quality Board regarding information on the quality of information of services. The report provides recommendations to improve how information is created, used and communicated, and advice on how the information system itself should be structured. The National Quality Board submitted this report to the Secretary of State in June 2010 and a copy of their letter, along with the response from Secretary of State, can also be found here:

30 June 2010

National Quality Board: NICE quality standards

The first three NICE quality standards covering stroke care, dementia care and prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) were presented to the Secretary of State on 30 June 2010. The letter below sets out the National Quality Board's advice to the Secretary of State on how these and future quality standards can become a central, underpinning element, of the whole quality improvement system for the NHS.

24 February 2010

Review of Early Warning Systems in the NHS

This report describes the systems and process, and values and behaviours which make up a system for the early detection and prevention of serious failures. It represents the shared view of DH, Monitor and the CQC and makes clear that safeguarding patients is the responsibility of every organisation and every member of staff - from doctors and nurses in hospitals to commissioners in PCTs and those who manage and regulate the system in SHAs the CQC and Monitor. The report makes a series of recommendations which have been accepted by the Department of Health.

11 December 2009

Following a recommendation from the National Quality Board, from April 2010, NHS organisations will be set an objective for reducing MRSA infections, relative to the median, with the best-performers setting their objectives locally.

The MRSA objective reflects a zero tolerance approach to preventable infections and the aim of reducing variation in performance on MRSA bloodstream infections.

19 June 2009

High Quality Care for All tasked the National Quality Board and the National Leadership Council with providing advice to the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) on how to strengthen the quality and leadership aspects of the awards scheme. The National Quality Board considered the advice it wanted to provide to the ACCEA at its second meeting on 18 May 2009 (see papers and minutes in the Meeting papers and minutes section) with the National Leadership Council considering its advice on 19th May. The following letter represents the final joint advice of the National Quality Board and the National Leadership Council to the Chair of the ACCEA.

Additional links

Prioritisation for quality improvement

The Prioritisation Committee’s proposed process for how to prioritise clinical areas is out for stakeholder engagement from 29 September 2009. So please review, analyse and constructively criticise the proposals outlined in this consultation and send us your feedback by 10 November 2009.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (opens new window)

Providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health.

Personal health budgets

A way of giving patients greater control over the services they receive and the providers from which they receive services.

Visions for better healthcare

The nine Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) visions for better healthcare that formed the basis of Lord Darzi’s Next Stage Final Review.

High Quality Care For All

Lord Darzi’s Next Stage Final Review outlines the strategic vision for an NHS with quality at its heart.

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