Commissioning Board receives performance measuring objectives

Friday 27 April 2012

Andrew Lansley Health Secretary Andrew Lansley
The Department of Health has confirmed the objectives against which the NHS Commissioning Board's performance will be measured, among which decentralisation is considered high priority.

In a letter to the chair of the NHS Commissioning Board, Professor Malcolm Grant, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley reinforced the government's commitment to localism. He reiterated the importance of moving power and decision-making away from national ownership and passing it to regional organisations such as clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and health and wellbeing boards.

Mr Lansley said: 'The principle of decentralisation of decision-making and promoting the autonomy of CCGs must be embedded within the culture of the board... The first - and overarching - objective is to design the board so that it transfers power to local organisations.'

The three other objectives by which the authority will be measured are:

  • establishing the commissioning landscape
  • developing specific commissioning capabilities
  • developing excellent relationships
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