||<p>The NHS Standard Contract 2019/20 mandated by NHS England for use by commissioners
of all healthcare services except primary care, requires all providers in England
to have regard to the national learning disability improvement standards and guidance.
The NHS Long Term Plan outlines the expectation that all National Health Service funded
care providers should have implemented the improvement standards by 2023/24 and the
Care Quality Commission is working with NHS Improvement to consider how they can ensure
adoption of the improvement standards by trusts.</p><p> </p><p>To monitor and ensure
compliance with the improvement standards, NHS Improvement has commissioned the NHS
Benchmarking Network to facilitate national data collection across all NHS trusts.
NHS Improvement has provided tools for trusts to self-assess their performance against
the improvement standards which auto-generate performance and ratings scales. NHS
Improvement can use these outcomes to identify where there are exemplary assurances
processes in place and excellence in care delivery.</p>