Department of Health lists indicators for healthcare professionals to use in quality accounts

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 22 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2089
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

    The Department of Health and the NHS Information Centre have published 232 quality indicators that healthcare professionals working for the NHS in England can use to assess their performance in the accounts of quality that they will be required to publish from next year.

    The aim is for doctors to select the indicators that are most relevant to their work and to use these as benchmarks to measure quality of care. The Department of Health states that these are not compulsory indicators for performance management, but it is possible that some might be specified as core indicators to be used in quality accounts.

    From April 2010 all healthcare providers working for, or on behalf of, the NHS in England will need to publish quality accounts just as they publish financial accounts.

    Announcing the quality indicators, the health minister Ara Darzi said, “This initial list is just the start of an NHS-wide resource that will challenge and stimulate NHS staff to drive …

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