Recommendation 73

Performance reviews of Monitor and the Care Quality Commission

Accepted
The Department of Health’s regular performance reviews of Monitor (and the Care Quality Commission) should include an examination of its relationship with the Department of Health and whether the appropriate degree of clarity of understanding of the scope of their respective responsibilities has been maintained.

As part of the normal accountability processes that the Department of Health has set in place as a sponsor, the state of the relationship between the Department of Health and its arm’s length bodies is kept under regular review.  Discussions include key areas of risk, consideration of how well the Department of Health and the relevant arm’s length body are working together and what could be done to improve co-operation and shared understanding.  These discussions also include consideration of how the arm’s length body is working within the wider health and care system, including areas of significant uncertainty or concern in relation to other arm’s length bodies.

Update

The normal accountability processes that the Department of Health has set in place as a sponsor continue to address this recommendation.