The NHS must adopt a different approach to performance management that focuses on the transparent provision of information rather than chasing targets or extra resource, the health secretary is due to say.
Such an approach could also be enforced, Jeremy Hunt was due to announce at the Foundation Trust Network conference today, with new rights grafted into the NHS constitution.
These would give the public access to comparable information about health and care services.
Mr Hunt is expected to use his speech to challenge the “conventional wisdom” that has been allowed to develop “that the best way to change anything is through yet another target and a bit more money.”
He will say that while “targets matter” only transparency could help the NHS achieve “truly world class performance”.
Mr Hunt is set to reveal new measures to allow people to compare the performance of consultants and organisations.
The health secretary will also announce a new website, which aims to pull together outcome data for 10 surgical specialties, such as adult cardiac surgery and colorectal surgery, in easy to access formats.
Similar data will also soon be available for three more specialties – upper gastrointestinal surgery, neurosurgery and stress incontinence surgery.
Mr Hunt hopes the data will ensure that “natural competitiveness combined with the gentle pressure of peer review” would drive improvement with “not a target in sight”, he is due to say.
A new section of the NHS Choices website called MyNHS has been created to allow comparison of hospitals, GP surgeries, care services and local authorities.
“MyNHS will be the first time any major health economy has gathered such a wide range of critical performance indicators in a way that will both inform the public and help professionals to improve care by reducing variation,” Mr Hunt is due to say.
“No targets, no sanctions – just information that helps clinicians and managers do what they want to do anyway: improve the safety and care with which they look after NHS patients.”
NHS England will also from next year publish one year and five year survival rates for individual hospitals for the four most common cancers, which comprise 50 per cent of all cancers – lung, breast, bowel and prostate.