Audit Commission publishes annual report on the Payment by Results data assurance programme


The Audit Commission’s Payments by Results (PbR) data assurance programme helps improve data quality in the NHS. For the past 5 years they have provided assurance over the quality of the data that underpins payments made under PbR. In 2011/12 they: Reviewed commissioner arrangements to secure good data quality on the information that underpins PbR [read the full story…]

Joining up health and social care: new report from the Audit Commission


The Audit Commission have published the second in a series of briefings looking at adult social care. At a time when the whole of the public sector must find significant savings, the report says that integrated working across health and social care offers opportunities for efficiencies and improvements to services. Without it, there is a [read the full story…]

Audit Commission reports on improving value for money across health and social care

For all the focus on joint working across the NHS and social care in recent years progress has been patchy. The Audit Commission has identified that PCTs could improve outcomes and achieve £132 million in efficiency savings per year.  This readable briefing for health and social care commissioners focuses on services for older people with [read the full story…]

Payment by results will only work if NHS data quality improves: new Audit Commission report

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This new report from the Audit Commission says that the NHS needs to improve the quality of its data if the government is to expand its Payment by Results (PbR) system. The data for ‘non-tariff’ areas such as community services and chemotherapy was often of poor quality, and it is these areas that will be [read the full story…]