Another hospital rating system
We have become familiar with Care Quality Commissioner’s inspections and ratings. In the last round Royal Surrey was ‘Good’, Frimley ‘Excellent’ and St Peters ‘Requiring improvement’.
Now the NHSI (NHSImprovement) has introduced ‘The Single Oversight Framework’ designed to help NHS providers attain, and maintain, Care Quality Commission ratings of ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’.
The Framework aims to help NHSI identify NHS providers' potential support needs across five themes:
· quality of care
· finance and use of resources
· operational performance
· strategic change
· leadership and improvement capability
The Royal Surrey has received a rating of ‘3’, Ashford and St Peters ‘2’ and Frimley ‘1’.
The meaning of the ratings are roughly:
1. No potential support needs identified.
2. Targeted support needed: there are concerns in one or more themes.
3. Mandated support needed for significant concerns: there is actual or suspected breach of licence, and a Regional Support Group has agreed to seek formal undertakings from the provider or the Provider Regulation Committee has agreed to impose regulatory requirements.
4. Providers in special measures.