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Lord Carter to investigate community and mental health trusts

Lord Carter to investigate community and mental health trusts

NHS Improvement has started a review of community and mental health trusts, which is to be overseen by Lord Patrick Carter
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NHS Improvement has started a review of community and mental health trusts, which is to be overseen by Lord Patrick Carter.

Building on the approach of the Carter report on operational productivity and performance in NHS acute hospitals, Lord Carter will be conducting a similar review into other types of trusts.

NHS Improvement also noted the possibility of extending the review, the findings of which are due out in the autumn of 2017, to ambulance trusts and specialist acute trusts.

The review will look at how mental health and community trusts operate, how they can become more productive and efficient and ‘what good looks like’.

In a statement, NHS Improvement said the review will also be looking for ‘metrics and indicators’ to support the trusts’ development.

In a similar way to the acute sector review, the report will look at a ‘cohort’ of 23 trusts, which will be looked at in-depth over the next six months.

NHS Improvement added that the findings would be discussed with trusts at a board level.

It said: ‘This will enable us to jointly scope, iterate and finalise the findings of the review and specify the benchmarking criteria for an “optimal model” NHS community or mental health care trust.’

A full list of the 23 trusts to be reviewed can be found here.

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