The Health Foundation used this year's party political conferences to explore what impact national clinical measurement schemes are having on the NHS.

The Health Foundation used this year's party political conferences to explore what impact national clinical measurement schemes are having on the NHS.

At fringe sessions, the organisation presented emerging policy findings from its£4.5m 'engaging with quality' initiative. It is supporting clinicians across the UK in nine areas of secondary care to benchmark and close the gaps between current and best practice.

Participation rates in some national measurement schemes are as low as 20 per cent, according to the Health Foundation, and it seems that while healthcare professionals want to improve quality of care, they often don't have the resources and skills necessary to use measurement schemes to bring about improvements. The findings say more support is needed in the form of leadership skills for healthcare teams and the development of improvement methodology.

In addition, The Health Foundation is calling for more sustainable funding mechanisms for nationally accredited measurement schemes.

To read the full briefing and emerging policy findings, click here.