The Health and Social Care Environment Is Rapidly Changing. Critically Analyse the Implications of the Changes for Your Professional Practice and Discuss Your Responses to These Changes.

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Introduction The author will discuss within the essay, the introduction of the Emergency Care Standard and the effects on patient flow within the NHS. Also, the many changes which have implications for the author professional practice and how if possible they maybe overcome. Background Queuing is feature of our daily life, whether in an airport, a post office or Emergency Departments(ED), few of us wishes to wait too long for service. The clinical cost of waiting too long for urgent treatment in an ED is all too long for service. Following media headlines, pooled with powerful political agenda lead to, in the late 1990s and the early 2000s many ED in the UK were struggling with high demand and poor patient flow. During this period it…show more content…
The author will now continue to analyse and discuss some of these changes and their associated issues. Discussion In 2000, the Department of Health(DH), set a range of emergency care access targets in its NHS plan, and in 2001 the government published Reforming emergency care (DH, 2001) which established waiting time targets for all UK emergency care patient contacts;. The new standard was introduced into the NHS in England in 2002; stating that 98% of patients presenting to ED’s would be seen, treated, admitted or discharged within four hours of arrival by 2004, no one was to wait more than four hours in an ED (from arrival to admission to a bed, transfer elsewhere or discharge). Whilst the author agrees that it has improved the overall for the patient’s experience within the ED. It must be borne in mind that before the decision ‘to come into’ hospital (TCI), that the patient receives the correct clinical decisions prior to TCI. The policy aimed to improve patient satisfaction and care, reductions in waiting time and improved bed management. All aimed to enhance care of the patients (DH, 2000, 2001a). Achieving the access targets of the NHS Plan (DH, 2000) has sets major challenges for the NHS and whilst some health and social care communities are already achieving consistently high standards while others are struggling to meet the existing requirements. Improving patient care is at the heart of the NHS Plan (DH, 2000). Successfully

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