The priorities reflect a move towards a much greater focus on patient experience, quality and safety of care.
They include :
- improving dignity in care with patient experience surveys and spot checks carried out by the independent health watchdog to assess improvements;
- ensuring improvements in ambulance response times, patient waiting times in A&E Departments and access to planned care;
- 95 per cent vaccination of all children up to 4 years of age with scheduled vaccinations such as the MMR vaccine; and,
- further reducing emergency hospital admissions through closer working between the NHS and social care agencies.
David Sissling said:
"This Framework is very much in line with the Health Ministers focus on quality, patient experience and outcomes. It will ensure the NHS can drive up standards in key areas. The Minister has particularly highlighted the requirement for the NHS to deliver improvement in its preventative work, unscheduled care and integration.
"During the course of the next few months we will be looking to further improve our targets. We will be working with our staff, stakeholders and service users to ensure we are monitoring and measuring the things which will really make a difference."