Monday 26 January 2009

NHS constitution 1: meaningful engagement

"PCTs are required to demonstrate that they are proactively leading continuous and meaningful engagement with the public and patients to shape services and improve people's health."

The NHS constitution puts expectations on both patients and those providing healthcare. PCTs are expected to be "proactive" and "meaningful" in their engagement. Of course, these are already competencies required for World Class Commissioning and it is interesting to watch the range of ways in which PCTs are trying to meet (and in some cases exceed) these expectations.
It is clear that "meaningful engagement" is going to require a lot more than a few focus groups and production of a newsletter!


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