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Chronically Sick: Health Services

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made in relation to the World Class Commissioning Initiative of best practice in the commissioning of services for long-term conditions, such as arthritis, which do not currently feature as clinical indicators in the quality and outcomes framework of the General Medical Services contract. (204748)

The World Class Commissioning Programme endeavours to drive commissioners to improve health outcomes across all health needs and conditions.

The World Class Commissioning Programme requires commissioners to routinely seek and report on research and best practice evidence, including clinical evidence, which will assist in commissioning and decision-making. Commissioners will need to show that they are prioritising investment, identifying and commissioning against key priority outcomes, taking into account patient experiences, local needs and preferences, risk assessments and national priorities.

Commissioners will be held to account on their commissioning performance through an assurance that is intended to lead them towards world class.