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Agenda item

Securing Quality in Health Services - Joint Report of Assistant Chief Executive and Rosemary Granger, Project Director, Securing Quality in Health Services, Darlington Clinical Commissioning Group


The Committee considered a report of the Assistant Chief Executive, which provided Members with details of progress of the Securing Quality in Health Services Project, (formerly the Acute Services Quality Legacy Project) (for copy see file of Minutes).


Rosemary Grainger, Project Director, NHS Darlington Clinical Commissioning Group informed the Committee that the Project, which was to enhance the commissioning of acute hospital services by reaching a consensus on the key clinical quality standards in acute hospital care that should be commissioned by CCG’s, was completed and reported to the final meetings of the PCT clusters in March 2013.


The Project Director provided the Committee with a summary of key messages and recommendations contained within the Project report.


The Project Director informed the Committee that CCGs had agreed to build on the legacy work of the Project and would take this work forward in line with the duty placed upon them to commission high quality sustainable services.  It had been agreed that this work would continue to be a commissioning led process and as such, Darlington CCG would lead the work on behalf of the six CCGs across County Durham, Darlington, Tees and Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby, with the latter CCG being involved due to the scale of their patient flows into the Tees Valley area.  The Project would also feed into, and be supported by, the work of the Area Team of NHS England.


The objectives for the next phase of work, which was expected to be complete by the end of the summer 2013, were to assess the feasibility of, and options for, implementing the standards and progressing implementation.


Councillor Straddling informed the Committee that a further report should be brought to Committee once the next phase of work had been completed.



1)                 That the report be noted

2)                 That further update reports on the project be brought to the Committee as part of its Work Programme.

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