03 June 2009

New drive on innovation in the NHS

Some considerable weight and money are put into the new duty being placed upon Strategic Health Authorities: ‘In performing its functions each strategic health authority must promote innovation for the purpose of securing continuous improvement in the commissioning and provision of health care.’

The Health Minister is on record promoting innovation wherever he can: "We can improve patient care by encouraging staff to be innovative: Frontline nurses are best placed to identify the changes that are needed to improve care, and their ideas must be encouraged to enable best practice" says Lord Darzi (Nursing Times - full article click here)

And what is more - there is helpful best practice guidance document which is intended to support SHAs in fulfilling their legal duty - it explains the purpose of the duty, what it means for patients, public and staff, and where to seek further information. You can download it here.

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