Health Standards 2016

HCS had revised its standards for GP practices and primary health care teams. The fifth edition (March 2016) incorporated all the organisational requirements of the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) and the GMC contract. The standards had been slimmed down to a manageable eight, covering:
” Management arrangements
” Patient experience
” Providing primary health care services
” Management of medicines
” Records and information about patients
” Clinical governance
” Risk management
” Running the practice

Practices already working with the programme had commented on the relevance of the standards and the improvements in the clear guidance and referencing. Working with the HCSU accreditation programme provided assurance that practices had all the systems in place to meet their QOF target and to take up the challenge of new targets emanating from National Service Frameworks.

What is the primary health care?

Primary health care refers to health care services that are provided outside the hospital. A general practitioner is a primary health care provider, as are nurses, pharmacists and allied health providers such as; dentists, podiatrists and so on.

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Study in Excellence

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Population movements over successive decades meant that many GP premises were in the wrong places, or in unsuitable buildings, resulting in poor access for many HCSU residents. Access to dentists, opticians, chiropodists and other primary care professionals were equally poor. The first Health Care Standards Unit established a very clear link bettheyen NHS Plan targets and development proposals (such as increasing the number of GPs). The new premises reflected this planned expansion. The same was {more heath news}

The Government’s Drive

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NHS care has to be shaped around the convenience and concerns of patients. To bring this about, patients must have more say in their own treatment and more influence over the way the NHS works.’ The NHS Plan  Mindful of the Government’s drive for a responsive and reactive health service, and following requests from clients, HCSU has designed a workshop programme to help professional staff groups develop a strategy and plan for effective patient and {more heath news}

Consultancy for Nationwide Health Standards

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Working with and learning from healthcare organisations for over 15 years, meant HCSU had the unique knowledge and skills to help organisations implement their quality improvement programmes and meet statutory requirements Many of the UK government healthcare quality initiatives such as controls assurance and Healthcare Commission reviews were based on the standards and methodology pioneered by HCSU. They offered a range of custom-built services to healthcare organisations, other public sector bodies and voluntary organisations, including: {more heath news}

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