My mission statement

The times we are working in now need a great deal of accelerated change and there must be no negotiating that down. So my mission statement for this part of my consultancy career is to be clear that there needs to be and will be a lot of change from the work that I do with individuals and organisations and if organisations don’t want that, then it is probably best to go somewhere else.

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When 360 degree assessment might just become very important

Filed Under (Accountability, Clinical Commissioning Groups, National Commissioning Board) by Paul on 28-11-2012

Following on from my post on Monday about the way in which local CCGs might use the Secretary of State’s mandate to hold the NCB to account, I have had my attention drawn to some activity from the CCGs themselves. I was suggesting that since the mandate lays a number of responsibilities on the NCB to listen to the changes that the CCGs say are necessary to bring about integrated care, the CCGs could use it to hold the NCB to account.

CCGs will be able to judge the success or failure of the way in which the NCB will, or will not, help them develop integrated care. I was suggesting that they write a report on whether the NCB actually helps or not.

I suggested that an annual report from the CCG to the Health Select Committee on how radical the NCB was in developing integrated care might prove interesting.

But the CCGs were there before me.

On November 12th the NHS Commissioning Coalition (the organisation that brings together the NAPC and the NHS Alliance) announced that they would be working with CCGs to carry out a 360 degree assessment of the NCB.

In localities the NCB is organised around Local Area Teams. (LATs). It would be very interesting if the LAT team leaders knew that the way in which they operated in developing or stopping the local autonomy of their CCGs was going to be transparently accountable.

My only addition to this would be for the NHSCC to develop an annual report from this analysis and ask the Health Select Committee if they would like a discussion about it before the Select Committee meets with the NCB.

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