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Locality meetings confirmed for CCGs and LATs

GPs and commissioners are invited to attend one of several locality meetings being held in January to discuss the role of CCGs in Advancing Quality.

Advancing Quality is a clinically-led quality improvement programme designed to drive up standards in healthcare, reduce variation and reduce avoidable mortality. Historically funded by all North West PCTs, Advancing Quality (AQ) is a well-established programme ‘live’ in every NHS acute and mental health provider trust in the region since 2008.

Operating in specific clinical areas, the AQ quality indicators aim to ensure every patient receives the same high standard of care in every hospital, as required by the NHS Mandate. The indicators form part of the CQUIN framework and provide a benchmark for commissioners to measure quality and understand variation across the region.

And it works. In a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a team of independent health experts and economists led by the University of Manchester concluded AQ was associated with 890 fewer deaths in just the first 18 months alone.

Additional research from the same team has also shown that, for every £1 invested in funding AQ, an estimated £10 is generated in health gains.

As the new health landscape continues to take shape, GPs and commissioners play a vital role in deciding the future direction of AQ including governance arrangements, future funding and deciding which clinical areas the programme should expand into.

We are inviting the following people to attend a meeting arranged within each of the North West clusters:

  • GPs
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups management teams i.e. chairs/chief officers/clinical leads/quality leads/directors of finance
  • Local Area Teams
  • Commissioning Support Units
  • Other locality-based groups with an interest in commissioning

The meetings take place as follows:

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