Factors Affecting The Health And Social Care Services

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The key factors that drive change in health and social care services are mostly known through SWOT and PEST analysis. PEST is an acronym for political, economic, social and technology. PEST analysis investigates the important factors that are affecting the industry and influencing the companies operating in the health and social care. PEST analyses are external factors and when legal and environment are added it becomes PESTLE analyses.
SWOT analyses at the other hand are internal factors. SWOT is an acronym for strength, weakness, opportunity and threat. All the internal factors such as structure, skills, staff, systems, and shared values need to be considered in the change. The above mentioned internal factors are really important to the Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust (RUH).
Political factors including factors like government policies and legislation drive change in the health and social care sector. The political factors are known to have influence on the structure of the organization, the professional practice, the distribution of services and the quality of services. An example of a recent government policy on the NHS, is the introduction of charges to overseas patients introduced by the British government led by the Tory party. Which makes it illegal for the NHS to see overseas patients free of charge.
Economic factors include the consumer expenditure and disposal of income; unemployment and recruitment, labor cost, and funding of health and social care…
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