§ Sir Michael Grylls
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are being taken to monitor the performance of national health service administrators/management; and what use is being made of outside management consultants to set performance indicators for this group.
§ Dr. Mawhinney
Performance measures for individual managers of any discipline can only be set by the national health service trust board or authority through the normal management process. A national individual performance review scheme has existed since 1986 for general and senior managers throughout the NHS. Arrangements for performance review of other staff is a matter for individual employing authorities. Under the health service reforms, NHS trusts have the freedom to develop their own performance review systems and a number have done so using design advice from external management consultants.