Specialist nurses key to making commissioning successful

Government attempts to involve patients in local health services are failing, according to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and patients' group National Voices.

Photograph: istockphoto/Ron Hohenhaus
Photograph: istockphoto/Ron Hohenhaus

Report ‘Local healthcare commissioning: grassroots involvement?’ reveals that patients feel commissioning is not working effectively.

Of 226 patient organisations which volunteered to be interviewed, 48% reported any involvement with commissioning, 22% had received no encouragement to be involved and 70% reported no benefits of commissioning.

The report identifies specialist nurses as the best placed healthcare professionals to make the commissioning process a success.

Janet Davies, RCN executive director of nursing and service delivery, said: ‘This is yet another example of how important specialist nurses are to the future of the health service, in terms of getting patients involved in local health decisions and delivering a health service fit for the 21st century.’


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