The State of Quality in the NHS in England: a Qualitative Analysis of Interviews With Forty-Three High-Ranking Representatives of the NHS
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CitationMartin, Sara. 2017. The State of Quality in the NHS in England: a Qualitative Analysis of Interviews With Forty-Three High-Ranking Representatives of the NHS. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard Medical School.
AbstractRecent years have seen dramatic changes in the quality infrastructure of the NHS in England. In addition to the large-scale restructuring that occurred under the 2012 Health and Social Care Act, there have been copious changes intended to address well-publicized and scandalous lapses in the quality of care. Meanwhile, the NHS in England is coping with ever-restrictive budgetary demands. The resultant picture is of dynamic and complex development with multiple players. Given this, a key question is how best to move forward? How to develop a balanced strategy for quality that develops short, medium and long term goals, and can accommodate immediate political priorities? This thesis will attempt to give some answers, based on qualitative set of interviews with over 43 senior leaders – from the Department of Health, Arms Length Bodies, health care providers and commissioners, clinical leaders, patient groups and independent organisations. The resultant analysis – originally published as part of a Health Foundation report - provides an experiential-based perspective of the current approach to quality in the English NHS. In a report (59) released in December 2016, the National Quality Board (NQB) utilized a model derived from these qualitative results to announce their intentions to streamline efforts to promote quality in the NHS. This report was followed by one from NHS Improvement announcing their efforts to develop a National Quality Strategy.
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