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First quality accounts show wide range of priorities among foundation trusts

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 26 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1164
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

    The first set of quality accounts produced by foundation trusts shows that a wide range of priorities and indicators are being used across the United Kingdom. A review of foundation trusts’ experiences, however, shows that only a few managed to fully engage with patients and other stakeholders to develop priorities in the first year.

    The review, carried out by the Foundation Trust Network, states that the bundle of priorities selected by individual trusts is extremely diverse with over 200 metrics used to measure quality improvement. It notes that across the country there are several metrics in use by only one trust. Greater commonality, however, is seen in the areas most often selected for quality improvements in 2009-10.

    Toby Lambert, policy director at Monitor, the independent regulator of foundation trusts, told the BMJ that the first set of quality reports from foundation trusts shows a bit of a mixed …

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