NHS PERFORMANCE RATINGS
NHS organisations were awarded a ‘performance’ or ‘star’ rating by the Healthcare
Commission relating to the 2004/05 financial year. The ratings take into account a
number of indicators that demonstrate the overall quality, effectiveness and efficiency
of services to patients. The basis of assessing PCTs is intended to cover their
various responsibilities for providing services, commissioning services and public
In establishing star ratings performance is monitored against a number of national
performance indicators. These include targets around access to a family doctor,
NHS dentistry, the percentage of people given a free flu jab, breast and cervical
screening and the management of acute and chronic conditions as well as the results
of a staff opinion survey and patient survey.
Rotherham Primary Care Trust received a two star rating, which places our
performance amongst the top PCTs in the country. Trusts are awarded one of four
ratings ranging from three stars, representing the highest performing trusts, to zero
stars, reflecting the poorest levels of performance.
Rotherham PCT achieved the Key Targets set out by the Healthcare Commission for
Access to a GP
Access to a primary care professional
Drugs misusers accessing treatment
Outpatient waiting targets
Unfortunately the PCT missed the targets for smoking quitters and A&E waiting
times. Both targets were missed by very small margins.
In addition to the Key Targets the Healthcare Commission looks at three focus areas.
These are ‘Access to Quality Services’, ‘Improving Health’ and ‘Service Provision’.
Each of these areas is split down into a number of indicators which are graded on a
scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest achievement.
The PCT received some excellent scores in each of the three focus areas and have
been assessed as being in the top band for Access and Provision and the middle
band for Improving Health.
A full copy of the Healthcare Commission report is available on the website at:
Summary for 2004/5 at:
http://ratings2005.healthcarecommission.org. uk/Reports/SummaryReportCore. asp?TrustCod