Facilitating Change in Health and Social Care

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This essay seeks to discuss the factors that facilitate change in health and social care. This can be achieved by assessing the challenges that the major factors of change bring using the Care Quality Commission of the Quality Care Commission for the Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust (RUHB). The second task aims to evaluate contemporary changes being inaugurated in the provision of health and social care services. In addition to this, a strategy and criteria will be devised in order to measure these recent changes including how the impact of these changes can be measured and evaluated.

1.1 Explain the key factors that drive change in health and social care services
‘Change’ within an organization sometimes refers to organizational change in health and social care is the movement from a current state through a state of transition to a state in the future (Richards, 2012). The impetus of change within an organization may come from within and outside. These are known as the internal and external drivers of change. This can be explained using PEST and SWOT analysis. PEST analysis (Political, Economic, Social and Technological analysis) describes a framework of environmental factors considered in the strategic management of an organisation (Friesner, 2014). Political factors of change include change of government and policies within the NHS in the form of legislations. For example, when the Coalition government came to power in 2010, it embarked on reforming the NHS. The flagship of these reforms is the enactment of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. The 2012 Act introduces substantial changes to the way the NHS in England is organized including the way it is funded (Charlesworth et al, undated). Economically, the state of the economy can also drive change within the RUHB. This can have both negative and positive impact. A weak economy will…...

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