The health outcomes against which the NHS will be judged, along with a consultation on proposed priorities for public health outcomes, have been published.
The NHS Outcomes Framework is the first of its kind for the NHS and moves the focus away from centrally driven process targets to patients’ health results. The framework, which will be renewed annually to reflect what matters most to patients, will provide a national overview of what the NHS will aim for when improving patient outcomes and will hold the NHS Commissioning Board to account when assessing how well the NHS is performing.
The framework focuses on tackling inequalities in outcomes in five areas:
- preventing people from dying prematurely
- supporting people with long-term conditions
- helping people to recover as quickly and fully as possible from ill health or injury
- providing a positive experience for patients and the public
- ensuring patient safety.
Public health outcomes
The Public Health Outcomes Framework, which complements the NHS Framework, sets out how society, government and individuals share collective responsibility to improve and protect the health of the population.
The consultation looks at five areas to:
- protect the population’s health from major emergencies
- tackle factors that affect health and wellbeing and health inequalities
- help people to live healthy lifestyles and make healthy choices
- prevent ill health
- prevent people from dying prematurely.