Ambitious programme will help improve local health and well-being
NHS Isle of Wight has today published its first ‘assurance’ report for world class commissioning, a ground-breaking health programme designed to deliver significant benefits for local people.
World class commissioning takes best practice from around the world to help Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) match health and care services more closely to local needs, now and in the future. It helps PCTs work with local partners (such as local authorities, the voluntary sector, and GPs), as well as the public more widely, to understand these needs and to improve services for local people. This will result in better quality of care, improved health and well-being and a reduction in health inequalities.
Today’s assurance report follows assessment of NHS Isle of Wight’s progress over the first year of working on this programme, It reviews the organisations performance in three key areas: its progress on addressing local health priorities, its commissioning capabilities and the effectiveness of its management arrangements.
Because this is such an ambitious programme, PCTs are not expected to score highly in this first year. In common with other PCTs across the country, therefore, NHS Isle of Wight has received an initial assessment of progress, accompanied by detailed guidance and recommendations on areas it must address to help it evolve into a world class organisation. The report notes strengths in top level management, the approach to partnership working and that there are good processes in place to deliver against current issues. The report also highlights the need to enhance progress in areas such as sustainability of services on the Island in order to meet the goals of improving health and well-being and reducing health inequalities in the local community.
Helen Shields, Director of Commissioning at NHS Isle of Wight said: “We welcome this report and the recommendations it contains. World class commissioning will deliver significant benefits for our community over the next few years. For this reason, whilst we are pleased that this first year’s report recognises our progress in managing the organisation and working with our staff and partners, we are most interested in the recommendations on other areas we can work on to help us continue developing. It is this insight that will help us continue to deliver the best possible health and care services for the people in our community.
Kevin Flynn, Chief Executive at NHS Isle of Wight comments: “We recognise that we must ensure that services provided for Islanders are sustainable, both clinically and financially. This is a major area that we will need to do more work on in the future and it will be a priority for the next year. As a unique organisation where the commissioning and provision of health services come under one body the report identifies for us the need to ensure that all the information available is used robustly to ensure that the best possible services are available. Whilst much has been achieved since the healthcare organisations on the Island were brought together the pace of change to meet the challenge of creating sustainable services needs to be stepped up. We will be working in collaboration with staff, partners and local people to ensure that health services meet local needs and improve the health of local people.”
The full assurance report for NHS Isle of Wight is available at http://www.iow.nhs.uk/uploads/Commissioning/pdfs/WCC_Panel_Report.pdf
Notes for Editors
- For further information: Contact the NHS Isle of Wight communications team on 01983 534184 or 552003. Further information about health services can be found at www.iow.nhs.uk or www.nhs.uk.
- NHS Isle of Wight is a unique organisation in the healthcare system in England. Due to the relatively small size of the Island and its population of 140,000 all healthcare organisations were brought together in [year] under one Primary Care Trust (PCT), NHS Isle of Wight is responsible for all commissioning and health service provision on the Island. The organisation employs over 3,000 staff.
- About world class commissioning: ‘Commissioning’ is the process through which Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) assess local health needs, identify the services required to best meet those needs, and then buy those services from potential healthcare providers. World class commissioning (WCC) is a new, ground-breaking approach to this task. It takes best practice from this country, and from health systems around the world to help PCTs commission services in the most effective way. It is designed to ensure delivery of better services which are more closely matched to local needs, resulting in better quality of care, improved health and well-being and a reduction in health inequalities.
- Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) are leading the way in delivering this new approach in practice, as part of their role as leaders of the local NHS. In conjunction with partners, other healthcare providers and the community more widely, they have established strategic plans based on priorities identified through analysis of the long-term health and care needs of their local community. These five-year strategic plans will ensure that resources are allocated in the most effective way possible, resulting in improvements in health of the local population and better services for patients. For more information on world class commissioning, visit: www.dh.gsi.gov.uk/worldclasscommissioning
- About the assurance process: The assurance process is the means by which PCTs are assessed and given guidance on making progress towards the goals of the world class commissioning programme. The assurance process is designed to be robust and challenging, helping each PCT review progress and identify areas for development. It combines a review of local data, feedback from local audiences, self-assessment and validation through an external panel (including the Strategic Health Authority, the Chief Executive of another PCT, a clinician, a local council representative and an independent international healthcare expert). Because world class commissioning is such an ambitious programme, PCTs are not expected to score highly in this first year.