This report is the first in a two-phase review about maintaining and improving quality during the transition and beyond.
Building on the February 2010 Review of Early Warning Systems in the NHS, it emphasises how quality must remain the guiding principle as organisations move to implement NHS modernisation, and is clear that healthcare professionals are ultimately responsible for the quality of care provided to patients. Focusing on 2011/12, it describes the key roles and responsibilities for maintaining and improving 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.
Quality governance in the NHS - a guide for provider boards
The primary purpose of the NHS, and everyone working within it, is to provide a high quality service, free at the point of delivery to everyone who needs it. This common goal unites all those working in the NHS, from hospital doctors, to nurses, to GPs, to dentists, to allied health professionals, to clinical managers and non-clinical staff.
Review of early warning systems in the NHS
The National Quality Board are publishing the report of their 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.