GP practices, community service providers, community pharmacists and out of hours providers will be expected to set out at least three, but no more than five, priorities for quality improvement each year, if pilot proposals become the template for primary care quality accounts due to be introduced next year.

DH guidance published this week tells organisations participating in the pilots they must demonstrate how their priorities respond to the needs of their local population, and show patients and the public have been listened to.

The Framework for Quality Reports by Primary Care and Community Services Providers sets out what must be included in this summer’s reports, the precursors to next year’s quality accounts, which are being piloted across NHS North East and NHS East Midlands.