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Monitor requires all NHS foundation trusts to produce reports on the quality of care as part of their annual reports. Quality reports help trusts to improve public accountability for the quality of care they provide.
External assurance of quality reports
Each year, foundation trusts auditors provide assurance on these quality reports. The auditors’ work provides a view on data quality and the reporting against a number of defined national indicators.
The main part of the assurance work involves the auditors examining the indicators in detail and concluding whether the trust has fairly stated them. Local auditors report publicly on their overall conclusion, and report privately to the trust and Monitor on their detailed findings and recommendations.
This document allows foundation trusts to compare their performance and issues against the sector’s aggregate results. The findings will also be of interest to NHS trusts, although their data was not part of the assurance work.