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Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill
Part 2 — Standards
Chapter 3 — NHS health care: functions of CHAI

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Standards set by Secretary of State

(1)   

The Secretary of State may prepare and publish statements of standards in

relation to the provision of health care by and for English NHS bodies and

cross-border SHAs.

(2)   

The Secretary of State must keep the standards under review and may publish

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amended statements whenever he considers it appropriate.

(3)   

The Secretary of State must consult such persons as he considers appropriate—

(a)   

before publishing a statement under this section;

(b)   

before publishing an amended statement under this section which in

the opinion of the Secretary of State effects a substantial change in the

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standards.

(4)   

The standards set out in statements under this section are to be taken into

account by every English NHS body and cross-border SHA in discharging its

duty under section 45.

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Standards set by Assembly

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(1)   

The Assembly may prepare and publish statements of standards in relation to

the provision of health care by and for Welsh NHS bodies.

(2)   

The Assembly must keep the standards under review and may publish

amended statements whenever it considers it appropriate.

(3)   

The Assembly must consult such persons as it considers appropriate—

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(a)   

before publishing a statement under this section;

(b)   

before publishing an amended statement under this section which in

the opinion of the Assembly effects a substantial change in the

standards.

(4)   

The standards set out in statements under this section are to be taken into

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account by every Welsh NHS body in discharging its duty under section 45.

Chapter 3

NHS health care: functions of CHAI

Healthcare provided by and for NHS bodies

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Introductory

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(1)   

The CHAI has the general function of encouraging improvement in the

provision of health care by and for NHS bodies.

(2)   

In exercising its functions under subsection (1) and sections 49 to 56 in relation

to such provision, the CHAI shall be concerned in particular with—

(a)   

the availability of, and access to, the health care;

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(b)   

the quality and effectiveness of the health care;

(c)   

the economy and efficiency of the provision of the health care;

(d)   

the availability and quality of information provided to the public about

the health care;

 

 

Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill
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(e)   

the need to safeguard and promote the rights and welfare of children;

and

(f)   

the effectiveness of measures taken for the purpose of paragraph (e) by

the body in question and any person who provides, or is to provide,

health care for that body.

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49      

National performance data

The CHAI has the function of publishing data relating to the provision of

health care by and for NHS bodies.

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Annual reviews

(1)   

In each financial year the CHAI must conduct a review of the provision of

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health care by and for—

(a)   

each English NHS body, and

(b)   

each cross-border SHA,

   

and must award a performance rating to each such body.

(2)   

The CHAI is to exercise its function under subsection (1) by reference to criteria

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from time to time devised by it and approved by the Secretary of State.

(3)   

The CHAI must publish the criteria devised and approved from time to time

under subsection (2).

(4)   

In exercising its functions under this section in relation to any health care the

CHAI must take into account the standards set out in statements published

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under section 46.

(5)   

For the purposes of this section the CHAI may, subject to this Part, conduct an

inspection of—

(a)   

the body being reviewed; and

(b)   

any person who provides, or is to provide, health care for that body

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(wherever the health care is or is to be provided).

(6)   

The Secretary of State may, after consulting the CHAI, by regulations make

provision as to the procedure to be followed in respect of the making of

representations to the CHAI before the award of a performance rating under

this section.

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51      

Reviews: England and Wales

(1)   

The CHAI has the function of conducting reviews of—

(a)   

the overall provision of health care by and for NHS bodies;

(b)   

the overall provision of particular kinds of health care by and for NHS

bodies;

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(c)   

the provision of health care, or a particular kind of health care, by and

for NHS bodies of a particular description.

(2)   

If the Secretary of State so requests, the CHAI must conduct—

(a)   

a review under subsection (1)(a);

(b)   

a review under subsection (1)(b) of the overall provision of a kind of

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health care specified in the request; or

 

 

Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill
Part 2 — Standards
Chapter 3 — NHS health care: functions of CHAI

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(c)   

a review under subsection (1)(c) of the provision of health care, or

health care of a kind specified in the request, by or for NHS bodies of a

description so specified.

(3)   

The Secretary of State must consult the Assembly before making a request

under subsection (2).

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(4)   

In conducting a review under this section in relation to any health care the

CHAI must take into account—

(a)   

the standards set out in statements published under section 46, where

the health care is provided by or for an English NHS body or cross-

border SHA;

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(b)   

the standards set out in statements published under section 47, where

the health care is provided by or for a Welsh NHS body.

(5)   

For the purposes of this section the CHAI may carry out an inspection of—

(a)   

any NHS body; and

(b)   

any person who provides, or is to provide, health care for an NHS body

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(wherever the health care is or is to be provided).

(6)   

Where the CHAI conducts a review under this section it must publish a report.

(7)   

The Secretary of State may, after consulting the CHAI, by regulations make

provision as to the procedure to be followed in respect of the making of

representations to the CHAI before the publication of a report under this

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section.

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Reviews and investigations: England

(1)   

The CHAI has the function of conducting other reviews of, and investigations

into, the provision of health care by and for English NHS bodies and cross-

border SHAs.

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(2)   

The CHAI may in particular under this section conduct—

(a)   

a review of the overall provision of health care by and for English NHS

bodies and cross-border SHAs;

(b)   

a review of the overall provision of a particular kind of health care by

and for English NHS bodies and cross-border SHAs;

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(c)   

a review of, or investigation into, the provision of any health care by or

for a particular English NHS body or cross-border SHA.

(3)   

The CHAI has the function of conducting reviews of the arrangements made

by English NHS bodies and cross-border SHAs for the purpose of discharging

their duty under section 45.

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(4)   

If the Secretary of State so requests, the CHAI must conduct—

(a)   

a review under subsection (2)(a);

(b)   

a review under subsection (2)(b) of the overall provision of a kind of

health care specified in the request;

(c)   

a review or investigation under subsection (2)(c), or a review under

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subsection (3), in relation to the provision of such health care by or for

such body as may be specified in the request.

(5)   

In exercising its functions under this section in relation to any health care the

CHAI must take into account the standards set out in statements published

under section 46.

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(6)   

For the purposes of this section the CHAI may carry out an inspection of—

(a)   

any English NHS body or cross-border SHA; and

(b)   

any person who provides, or is to provide, health care for such a body

(wherever the health care is or is to be provided).

(7)   

Where the CHAI conducts a review or investigation under this section it must

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publish a report.

(8)   

The Secretary of State may, after consulting the CHAI, by regulations make

provision as to the procedure to be followed in respect of the making of

representations to the CHAI before the publication of a report under this

section.

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(9)   

The Secretary of State may by regulations require an NHS body to publish a

statement as to the action it proposes to take as a result of any review or

investigation conducted under this section in relation to it.

(10)   

Regulations under subsection (9) may make provision—

(a)   

as to the matters with which a statement under the regulations must

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deal;

(b)   

as to the time by which any such statement must be published;

(c)   

requiring an NHS body, before publishing any such statement, to

obtain the consent of any person specified in the regulations;

(d)   

requiring the NHS body publishing any such statement to send a copy

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of it to any person so specified.

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Failings

(1)   

This section applies where the CHAI conducts—

(a)   

a review under section 50 or 51; or

(b)   

a review or investigation under section 52.

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(2)   

The CHAI must make a report to the Secretary of State if it is of the view that—

(a)   

there are significant failings in relation to the provision of health care

by or for an English NHS body or cross-border SHA;

(b)   

there are significant failings in the running of an English NHS body or

cross-border SHA;

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(c)   

there are significant failings in the running of any body, or the practice

of any individual, providing health care for an English NHS body or

cross-border SHA.

(3)   

A report made to the Secretary of State under subsection (2) may include a

recommendation that, with a view to remedying the failings in question, the

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Secretary of State take special measures in relation to—

(a)   

in a case falling within paragraph (a) or (b) of subsection (2), the English

NHS body or cross-border SHA in question;

(b)   

in a case falling within paragraph (c) of that subsection, any person,

other than a Welsh NHS body, referred to in that paragraph.

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(4)   

The CHAI must also report to the Assembly where it is of the view that—

(a)   

there are significant failings in relation to the provision of health care

by or for a Welsh NHS body;

(b)   

there are significant failings in the running of a Welsh NHS body;

(c)   

there are significant failings in the running of any body, or the practice

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of any individual, providing health care for a Welsh NHS body.

 

 

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(5)   

A report made to the Assembly under subsection (4) may include a

recommendation that, with a view to remedying the failings in question, the

Assembly take special measures in relation to—

(a)   

in a case falling within paragraph (a) or (b) of subsection (4), the Welsh

NHS body in question; and

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(b)   

in a case falling within paragraph (c) of that subsection, any person,

other than an English NHS body or cross-border SHA, referred to in

that paragraph.

(6)   

The CHAI must also make a report to the regulator where it is of the view

that—

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(a)   

there are significant failings in relation to the provision of health care

by or for an NHS foundation trust;

(b)   

there are significant failings in the running of an NHS foundation trust;

or

(c)   

there are significant failings in the running of any body, or the practice

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of any individual, providing health care for an NHS foundation trust.

(7)   

A report made to the regulator under subsection (6) may include a

recommendation that, with a view to remedying the failings in question, the

regulator take special measures in relation to the NHS foundation trust in

question.

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(8)   

A report under this section must give the CHAI’s reasons for its view and for

any recommendation made.

(9)   

The Secretary of State may, after consulting the CHAI, by regulations make

provision as to the procedure to be followed in respect of the making of

representations to the CHAI before the publication of a report under this

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section.

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Functions relating to Secretary of State and Assembly

(1)   

The CHAI is to keep the appropriate authority informed about the provision of

health care by and for any NHS body.

(2)   

The CHAI may at any time give advice to the appropriate authority on any

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matter connected with the provision of such health care (including, in

particular, advice on any changes which it thinks should be made to the

standards under section 46 or 47 for the purpose of securing improvement in

the quality of the health care).

(3)   

When requested to do so by the appropriate authority, the CHAI must give the

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authority advice or information on such matters connected with the provision

of health care by or for any NHS body as may be specified in the request.

(4)   

The CHAI may give advice to the appropriate authority or any NHS body

about the establishment or conduct of any inquiry held, or to be held, by the

authority or the body in relation to the provision of health care by or for that

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body.

(5)   

In this section, the “appropriate authority” means—

(a)   

the Secretary of State, in relation to the provision of health care by or for

an English NHS body or cross-border SHA; or

(b)   

the Assembly, in relation to the provision of health care by or for a

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Welsh NHS body.

 

 

 
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