NHS Sheffield aspires to be a ‘Premier PCT’ and achieve excellence. We have a five year strategy in place, Achieving Balanced Health, which is refreshed each year and sets out our ambition to improve the health of its population, reduce premature deaths and inequalities of life expectancy within existing resources. We have made excellent progress towards becoming a ‘World Class Commissioner’; we are in the UK top 5 for ‘use of resources’ performance and we have improved our Annual Health Check performance ratings from ‘weak’ for quality and ‘weak’ for use of resources in 2007/8, to ‘good’ and ‘good’, respectively, for 2009/10.
In June 2008 the Trust Board agreed its first ‘Commissioning for Quality Strategy’ which was updated in November 2008. During 2009 we have made significant progress, developing our commissioning function and putting in place assurance processes to both measure quality and drive up standards. We have established a ‘Sheffield Quality Improvement Academy’ to enable quality initiatives and care pathway redesign to align and deliver across the health community.
2009 has also seen developments nationally and regionally that has raised the profile of quality in the NHS and this requires us to review our plans. In addition, we need to ‘raise the bar’ in relation to commissioning high quality cost effective services for Sheffield and receive assurance of delivery. Our Commissioning for Quality strategy 2010-2012 sets out our refreshed vision in the context of the challenges over the coming years, our current position and action plan for 2010 - 2012.