Facilitating Change in Health and Social Care Essay

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This essay seeks to discuss the factors that facilitate change in health and social care. This can be achieved by assessing the challenges that the major factors of change bring using the Care Quality Commission of the Quality Care Commission for the Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust (RUHB). The second task aims to evaluate contemporary changes being inaugurated in the provision of health and social care services. In addition to this, a strategy and criteria will be devised in order to measure these recent changes including how the impact of these changes can be measured and evaluated.

1.1 Explain the key factors that drive change in health and social care services
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The NHS Operating Framework introduced by the coalition government sets out the planning and financial requirements for RUHB in 2012/13 and the basis of their accountability (DH, 2012). As a result, the 2013 certified that funding for health in England be frozen for up 2015/16 thereby requiring RUBH to underspend allocated funding from the government such as putting a 1% cap on pay award. Socially, this will include factors such as behavior of staff and service users, partnership working, quality of care, etc. These factors can drive change in diverse ways in the RUHB. For example, the NICE Guidelines on Behavior Change make recommendations on individual level behavior interventions that is aimed at changing the behavior that can be dangerous to the health of staff and service users such as smoking, alcohol abuse, lack of physical activity, safe sex, etc. (NICE, 2014). Technologically, the introduction of information communication technology has resulted in faster communication, appropriate storing and sharing of information and records of service users between health and social care professionals. As a result of the CQC inspection, the RUHB revises their health records management policy to more accurately reflect where information about service user such as fluid intake and output in each ward should be recorded (CQC Report, 2013)

1.2 Assessing the challenges that key factors of change brings to health and

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