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Patient Care in the Big Society


Patient Care in the Big Society

When May 19, 2011 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where London
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NHS staff and patients will get more control of their services as a result of new measures announced by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, on 30 March 2011. The measures all put into practice the Big Society values of reconnecting people with the services they provide and use, giving them the ownership and freedom to innovate and make the changes needed. Andrew Lansley stated, “by giving staff real control of their services and patients real choice over who they receive care from we’re restoring the balance of power. This is what we mean when we talk about Big Society – reconnecting people with the services they provide and rely on.”

Measures include the ‘Right to Provide’ scheme which will enable all staff working anywhere in NHS and care services where it is clinically appropriate to set up as independent organisations to run the services they deliver. To support this, at least £10 million additional funding is being given to the Social Enterprise Investment Fund.

These new measures follow on from the government's White Paper, Equity and Excellence: liberating the NHS, published October 2010, which sets out proposals for offering more choice for patients and service users.

With patients being given greater control and choice of services, the government will be publishing guidance on how the Any Qualified Provider framework will work.


This forum will explore and examine what role the Big Society will play in the future of health services, and how it may be used as a driver for more efficient and effective health services which meet the needs of the patient.


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