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Annual Health Check  

Quality standards

New quality standards – Standards for Better Health – were introduced in the NHS in July 2004 to describe the level of quality that healthcare organisations are expected to meet in terms of safety, clinical and cost effectiveness, governance, patient focus, accessible and responsive care, the care environment and amenities, and public health.

From 2005, all NHS trusts need to carry out annual self-assessment to demonstrate that these standards are being met, both to patients and to the new Healthcare Commission – the national body that promotes improvements in the quality of health care and public health in England and has a statutory duty to assess the performance of healthcare organisations.

While service improvements and action to meet the core Standards for Better Health directs much of the Trust’s clinical governance work, we also continue to address key areas previously covered by the former Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) action plan.

Annual Health Check - final declaration 2006/07

The Healthcare Commission's Annual Health Check system of assessment replaced the NHS star ratings in 2005 and is designed to provide a fuller picture of the performance of a trust against the core and selected developmental Standards for Better Health, that were set by the Department of Health in July 2004.

As part of the Annual Health Check, trusts were required to submit a final declaration of their compliance against the 24 core standards and covering the whole year April 1 2006 to March 31st 2007, to the Healthcare Commission by 4 May 2006. A copy of the Trust's final declaration as submitted to the Healthcare Commission is available below. In addition to the Trust's self assessment of compliance against the core standards, the declaration includes comments received from the Strategic Health Authority, the Patient and Public Involvement Forum and local authority Overview and Scrutiny Committees.

Download Healthcare Commission Final Declaration, May 2007.

Download Healthcare Commission Final Declaration, May 2006.

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