How we perform

NHS Bury’s aims, objectives and targets are maintained in our Integrated
Assurance Framework (IAF). Our Board receives regular progress reports in
relation to our performance against these aims, objectives and targets. You
can access the latest Board papers in the Boardroom section.

Our performance is assessed independently each year by the Care Quality
Commission to make sure that we are doing our job properly, the assessment
is known as the Annual Health Check. 

The Annual Health Check is an assessment of many measurements of quality, safety and management surrounding patient care.

During 2008/09, our performance for quality of financial management and quality of commissioning were both assessed as fair.

Quality of financial management looks at how effectively we manage our financial resources. Quality of commissioning is a combined score of performance against national standards (which we fully met), existing commitments (which we almost met) and national priorities (in which we fared as weak).

Within our assessment, areas for improvement included:

  • Waiting times in Accident and Emergency (A&E).
  • Ambulance response times.
  • Cancer death rates.
  • Breastfeeding rates.
  • Teenage conception rates.
  • Access to dental services and primary care.
  • Patients waiting no more than 18 weeks to see a consultant following referral by their GP.

We are refocussing our energies to improve our performance in these areas and remain dedicated in our efforts to improve for the benefit of local patients.

The full report for NHS Bury is available via the Care Quality
Commission website www.cqc.org.uk. Via this website, patients and the
public can search for and compare the performance of NHS organisations.

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