NHS England and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are committed to working together to deliver the statutory duty set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to co-operate and to deliver their common purpose, which is to improve outcomes for patients.
The Partnership Agreement aims to foster a culture in which there is support, challenge, engagement, openness and co-ordination at all levels.
The agreement formalises existing close working between the CQC and NHS England, embedding a shared commitment to work together to achieve three priorities that will facilitate improved outcomes for patients.
NHS England and CQC will:
- Agree an information exchange protocol to share information and intelligence about the quality of care to spot potential problems early and manage risk.
- Implement the mechanisms proposed by the National Quality Board (NQB) in their document ‘Quality in the new Health System: Maintaining and Improving Quality from April 2013 (January 2013)’, on how the healthcare system should prevent, identify and respond to serious failures in quality.
- Set the tone for ways of working nationally, locally and in the wider landscape of our organisations and strategic partners in healthcare.
- The agreement between NHS England and CQC cements joint working at national level and sets out the values and behaviours we want to demonstrate through effective joint working.