These will be developed with input from patients, the public and staff, according to the NHS Next Stage Review.
Local metrics will also be developed. ‘Our aim is for NHS organisations to freely develop the measures that will best help them to review the quality of the services they offer regularly,’ the review states.
The government is also keen for NHS teams to develop ‘clinical dashboards’ to
present selected national and local metrics deemed specifically useful in a simple graphical format for easy comparison. They are being piloted in East London, Nottingham and Bolton.
Last month ministers outlined plans for metrics to specifically measure nursing quality.
The government is also keen for the NHS to develop ‘Clinical Dashboards’ which will present selected national and locally developed comparison measures in a simple graphical format as tool to drive quality improvement. Dashboards are already being piloted in East London, Nottingham and Bolton.
Last month health secretary Alan Johnson announced proposals for metrics to measure nurses on the levels of compassion they show to patients.
Nurses could see themselves rated on such things as good handwashing, patient nutrition, falls reduction, how well they inform patients on the progress of their treatment and how they minimise pain.
NHS next stage review: key aims of the review