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New ratings published for mental health and maternity

NHS England yesterday published new ratings on mental health and maternity, highlighting where areas are performing really well, but also helping to identify where improvements can be made.

As part of the new Clinical Commissioning Group Improvement and Assessment Framework (CCGIAF) for 2016/17, an initial baseline rating of CCGs in six clinical priority areas is being be published. This includes maternity and mental health.

The ratings, which are broken down by CCGs and published on MyNHS, show areas in need of improvement, but also highlight areas where practice is good.

The data will help CCGs self-assess more effectively and target areas which need improvement, and NHS England will be offering a comprehensive support package to enable that improvement to happen.

For mental health, CCGs will be able to monitor their progress in improving quality of services outlined in Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.

The CCG improvement and Assessment Framework baseline rating for mental health focuses on elements of two national standards – the number of people who are moving to recovery following treatment from IAPT services, and those receiving treatment within two weeks of referral when experiencing a first episode psychosis.

Also publishing is a new integrated ‘dashboard’ for mental health, bringing together data from across the broad range of mental health services. This will provide a valuable resource for NHS England to help track improvement at the CCG level and allow areas to understand where they need to target their efforts to improve services locally.

On the new mental health dashboard Simon Stevens, NHS England’s Chief Executive, said: “This new level of local transparency is unprecedented for any mental health service anywhere in the world. Over the next five years, we want to see major improvements in NHS mental services. These figures for last year transparently lay out the starting baseline against which everyone will be able to judge whether the NHS is getting better in each and every town, city and county across England.”

Where possible data has been drawn from published datasets and will be refreshed quarterly.

Professor Tim Kendall, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Mental Health, said: “We know there is significant work to be done to improve mental health services in England. In our five year strategy the Five Year Forward View for mental health we laid out very clear plans to help more than a million extra people and invest more than a billion pounds a year by 2020/21.

“NHS England has also launched the first national standards to increase access to evidence-based mental health services which will kick-start the transformation needed to achieve our ambitions for the next five years. Although the baseline CCG IAF ratings, published today, highlights the scale of change needed these services, we know that performance has improved in recent months meaning that people are already getting better access to services and recovery rates are rising across the country.

“The new mental health dashboard, also launched today, will not only provide transparency, but also and help local areas to identify where they need to improve and invest in mental health services so that these are fit for purpose for all those people who need them.”

For maternity, the national Maternity Transformation Programme is also actively helping to drive improvements through the formation of ‘local maternity systems’, bringing together commissioners and providers to work collaboratively across their area.

Four areas have been assessed for maternity, these are stillbirth and neonatal mortality, maternal smoking at the time of delivery, women’s experience of maternity services and women’s choice.

Dr Matthew Jolly, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for The Maternity Review and Women’s Health, said: “It has never been safer to give birth in this country and the vast majority of women report a good experience, but there is more that we can do.”

“The ratings published yesterday will help local areas identify where they are doing well and importantly where improvements can be made – helping to ensure women and their families have a good experience wherever they live.”

“The publication of Better Births, the report of the national maternity review has given us a powerful vision for how we can move towards safer, more personalised maternity services and implementation is now underway.”

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