The clinical assessment, treatment and support (CATS) scheme will improve local community access to healthcare services, in line with the White Paper “Our Health, our care, our say” which signalled our intention to bring services closer to patients.
There is a robust process to ensure there is both local support and a capacity need for such schemes, and to reduce the risk that a scheme will destabilise existing national health service providers. An impact analysis of the scheme is currently under way, commissioned by the North West Strategic Health Authority (SHA). The SHA is working closely with the local acute trusts to ensure that any impact is managed and the positive benefits of the scheme for the whole health economy are delivered.
All independent sector providers who are awarded contracts to provide clinical assessment, treatment and support services will be registered with the Healthcare Commission under the Care Standards Act 2000 and the Private and Voluntary Healthcare (England) Regulations 2001 No. 3968.
Strict contractual performance management of independent sector treatment centres is undertaken by the Department’s commercial directorate. There are also contractual and statutory reporting obligations to the Department, the Healthcare Commission and referrers.