How is the NHS run? Infographic from BBC News
The NHS in England is about to undergo its biggest period of change and upheaval since its creation in 1948.
There are due to be a large number of changes, some large and some minor, most of which will concern the funding and decision-making of the organisation. After 2013 local councils will also have a larger say in how healthcare is provided under their jurisdiction.
The BBC have put together some useful infographics to help make sense of the changes and what they will mean to the running and operations of the NHS.
Treatment for patients infographic from BBC News
Finding direction infographic from BBC News
The health secretary sets policies, such as waiting times and currently, the Department of Health then passes these down through 10 SHAs and then to the PCTs who have to ensure they are put into place.
After the changes, the clinical commissioning board will take charge of overseeing the NHS from the Department of Health.
Priorities will be given to a new NHS Commissioning Board, which will control a significant part of the overall budget so that it can plan and buy specialist services and will also be charged with ensuring CCGs do not overspend their budgets.
Local councils are to have more of a role in tackling public health problems, such as obesity, in their area – and new health and wellbeing boards will help link this work with that of the CCGs.
A national body called Healthwatch, with local groups, is being set up to enable patients to have their say about the NHS.
NHS infographic from BBC News
Original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19674838
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