• More than half of CCGs judged as needing to improve local mental health services
  • New NHS England framework ranked 127 of the 209 CCGs as “needs improvement” or “greatest need for improvement”
  • Ratings published at same time as new mental health dashboard, which shows how commissioners are performing against finance and performance indicators

More than half the country’s clinical commissioning groups need to improve local mental health services according to new ratings released by NHS England today.

The national body has published rankings of CCGs based on the quality of mental health care for the first time, along with a new “dashboard” showing how each commissioner performs on a set of finance and performance measures.

Claire Murdoch

Claire Murdoch

Claire Murdoch: ‘This has been a work in progress and it still is’

The controversial CCG improvement and assessment framework, published by NHS England, ranked 127 of the 209 CCGs as either “needs improvement” (106) or “greatest need for improvement” (21).

Only 13 commissioning groups managed to secure the rating of “top performing”, while 69 were judged to be “performing well”.

The new rankings published on the MyNHS site are based on how well CCGs perform against the early intervention in psychosis and improving access to psychological therapies targets.

NHS England national mental health director Claire Murdoch, who is also chief executive of Central and North West London Foundation Trust, told HSJ there are plans to expand the ratings with three new indicators on:

  • children’s mental health;
  • physical health for people with severe mental illnesses; and
  • out of area treatments.

She stressed that the data used to draw up the list came from January and March this year, so some CCGs will have already improved.

Ms Murdoch added: “This has been a work in progress and it still is.

“We know that CCGs have improved their performance and are moving forward.

“We hope together the [CCG ratings] and dashboard will be a means to help CCGs understand how they are benchmarked against others and shine a light on that.”

CCG NameOverall RatingIAPT Recovery RateEIP 2 Week Wait
NHS NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE CCG Top performing 67.60% 100.00%
NHS SOUTH WEST LINCOLNSHIRE CCG Top performing 61.20% 100.00%
NHS STOKE ON TRENT CCG Top performing 59.10% 78.30%
NHS NEWBURY AND DISTRICT CCG Top performing 55.80% 100.00%
NHS DORSET CCG Top performing 56.10% 94.50%
NHS SOUTH CHESHIRE CCG Top performing 58.90% 100.00%
NHS TRAFFORD CCG Top performing 55.30% 82.60%
NHS BATH AND NORTH EAST SOMERSET CCG Top performing 59.80% 90.00%
NHS HORSHAM AND MID SUSSEX CCG Top performing 58.10% 85.70%
NHS WOKINGHAM CCG Top performing 55.90% 100.00%
NHS NOTTINGHAM WEST CCG Top performing 55.10% 80.00%
NHS NORTH DERBYSHIRE CCG Top performing 56.80% 75.00%
NHS SOUTH READING CCG Top performing 55.00% 100.00%
CCG NameOverall RatingIAPT Recovery RateEIP 2 Week Wait
NHS BURY CCG Greatest need for improvement 47.50% 33.30%
NHS BIRMINGHAM SOUTH AND CENTRAL CCG Greatest need for improvement 46.40% 22.00%
NHS DARTFORD, GRAVESHAM AND SWANLEY CCG Greatest need for improvement 47.60% 30.00%
NHS DURHAM DALES, EASINGTON AND SEDGEFIELD CCG Greatest need for improvement 43.90% 48.50%
NHS HEYWOOD, MIDDLETON AND ROCHDALE CCG Greatest need for improvement 43.90% 25.00%
NHS STOCKPORT CCG Greatest need for improvement 44.00% 0.00%
NHS BIRMINGHAM CROSSCITY CCG Greatest need for improvement 45.50% 16.00%
NHS BARNET CCG Greatest need for improvement 43.60% 48.40%
NHS MANSFIELD AND ASHFIELD CCG Greatest need for improvement 47.60% 7.10%
NHS LEWISHAM CCG Greatest need for improvement 43.50% 36.40%
NHS DARLINGTON CCG Greatest need for improvement 41.90% 25.00%
NHS HARROGATE AND RURAL DISTRICT CCG Greatest need for improvement 43.10% 0.00%
NHS DUDLEY CCG Greatest need for improvement 42.60% 46.20%
NHS TAMESIDE AND GLOSSOP CCG Greatest need for improvement 39.10% 11.10%
NHS HULL CCG Greatest need for improvement 42.90% 38.50%
NHS SCARBOROUGH AND RYEDALE CCG Greatest need for improvement 37.00% 33.30%
NHS SHEFFIELD CCG Greatest need for improvement 41.10% 48.20%
NHS EAST STAFFORDSHIRE CCG Greatest need for improvement 37.10% 33.30%
NHS TELFORD AND WREKIN CCG Greatest need for improvement 42.40% 33.30%
NHS SOUTHWARK CCG Greatest need for improvement 35.40% 28.60%
NHS NORWICH CCG Greatest need for improvement 40.80% 31.60%

NHS England has also today published a mental health dashboard, which shows how commissioners fare against a set of finance and performance indicators including:

  • mental health spend as proportion of a CCG’s allocation;
  • planned mental health spending;
  • length of stay in secure inpatient care;
  • number of patients placed in police cells as a place of safety; and
  • whether the CCG is hitting access and waiting time standards.

Ms Murdoch said the dashboard will show whether a promised £3.97bn investment in mental health was reaching frontline services.

She said NHS England will work with CCGs to drive up standards if they need improvement, but stressed the new information was meant to help the whole system.

Ms Murdoch said: “This is not just for mental health trusts or CCGs, this for the entire system to deliver more modern and effective treatment.

“The whole purpose of the dashboard is both to drive improvement and enable the public to hold us to account for delivering these improvements.

“Transparency is paramount. We are deadly serious about investment getting to the front line.”

Former Mental Health Network chief executive Stephen Dalton told HSJ in July that making sure the money pledged in the sector’s implementation plan reached the front line would be the acid test for the plans.

Ms Murdoch has previously stressed that NHS England will intervene if areas fail to invest new funding properly.

The new ratings are part of the CCG improvement and assessment framework, announced by health secretary Jeremy Hunt at HSJ’s annual lecture last October.

Under his proposal NHS England was due to employ the Ofsted style terms also employed by the Care Quality Commission, but this was dropped in favour of the less blunt termsafter opposition from CCGs and within NHS England, as HSJ revealed in July.

The dashboard will be updated every quarter starting from January, while the CCG ratings will be refreshed annually every June.

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