CCG Improvement and Assessment framework (CCG IAF)

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) were established on 1 April 2013 and are clinically-led organisations at the heart of the NHS system. NHS England has a statutory duty (under the Health and Social Care Act (2012)) to conduct an annual assessment of every CCG.

CCG improvement and assessment 2017/18

The CCG Improvement and Assessment Framework (IAF) has been updated for 2017/18.  It builds on the IAF introduced in April 2016, which replaced both the existing CCG assurance framework and CCG performance dashboard, and was designed to provide a greater focus on assisting improvement, alongside our statutory assessment function.

The IAF aligns with NHS England’s Mandate and planning guidance, with the aim of unlocking change and improvement in a number of key areas. This approach aims to reach beyond CCGs, enabling local health systems and communities to assess their own progress from ratings published online.

The framework is intended as a focal point for joint work and support between NHS England and CCGs.  It draws together the NHS Constitution, performance and finance metrics and transformational challenges and plays an important part in the delivery of the Five Year Forward View.

CCG IAF documents

The framework document is supported by a technical annex which explains the rationale and detail of each of the indicators, and a methodology manual which sets out NHS England’s approach to the year-end assessment for 2016/17: