Clinical commissioning groups’ progress on developing plans set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View will be judged against a new set of ‘core metrics’, health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.

Mr Hunt told the Nuffield Trust’s annual summit yesterday that “more scientific rigour in terms of assessing the quality of commissioning throughout the country is going to be a critical next step”.

He said: “We will make sure that every CCG, including in Manchester, is reporting on their progress on the five year forward view on the same set of metrics that matter to patients everywhere.

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Every CCG will be reporting on the forward view using the same metrics, Jeremy Hunt said

“The metrics of the quality of care for people with mental health conditions [and] proactive care for vulnerable older people; [and] metrics to look at electronic health records being shared across different organisations.

“And so we will see how the progress is in Manchester, compared to Surrey, compared to London, compared to everywhere else.

“I think just as the new [Care Quality Commission] inspection regime has made a big step towards a learning culture… I hope that will happen in terms of the commissioning of care. I think some more scientific rigour in terms of assessing the quality of commissioning throughout the country is going to be a critical next step.”