The former Healthcare Commission in England gave OSCs the opportunity to provide commentaries on NHS performance against standards as part of the Annual Healthcheck. Although lots of OSCs provided commentaries in order to inform the assessment of NHS bodies, not many OSCs used the assessment results to inform their work.
CfPS is currently in discussions with the new health and social care regulator in England (the Care Quality Commission) to strengthen the relationship between OSCs and the CQC so that OSCs can provide advice to the CQC thorughout the year and can influence the CQCs programme of national reviews.
The CQC will be attending the CfPS health scrutiny networking days (http://www.cfps.org.uk/what-we-do/events...ts/?id=33)
and our healthy accountability forum to take these discussions forward.