And then I made a version with Public Health England on it…
“Where is Public Health England?” pointed out a keen Twitterer, who was perusing my very pretty “NHS Reforms on one side of A4“, so I had to go back and glue in some more pieces.
Hmmm… I do worry that the trouble with sharing this version with members of the public is that it might be tipping the diagram into Thanks-But-Now-I-Really-Am-Glazing-Over territory (the ‘PCT Clustering’ effect), but I will include it for accuracy:
What to do with this data:
- Stick it on the wall for people who say: “Where is Public Health England, eh?”
- Make your own version! Here’s the template for you:
>> The original PowerPoint slide for you to fiddle with
What you can download here:
After explaining the NHS Reforms for the millionth time to a member of the public (in biro on the back of an NHS Catering serviette) I set myself the challenge of trying to produce a one-page diagram showing the very basics of the reforms.
Here is my final effort:
I decided to make it very simple and stick to the BIG MESSAGES, rather than attempting to capture the detail e.g. of clustering, which seems to make the most enthusiastic member of the public glaze over and start looking for their PPI sandwich rations, but so far this diagram seems to do the job. I think it gets the balance between boring people senseless and over-simplifying, but I’m very open to any suggested amendments.
And then I made a local version…
Well I liked this so much that I made a local version for Somerset, showing exactly what budgets were going where, and what the GP localities looked like in the county. So here is the local picture for Somerset:
What to do with this data:
- Print it out and stick it on your wall so you can admire it.
- Print out copies and hand them out to members of the public (and local councillors, they will LOVE you big time).
- Make a local version – oh yes you can! – just like mine.
>> Here’s the original document in Powerpoint for you edit and make your own!
This will make you very popular.
The poor Datagoat has been rather neglected of late, but I have a nice juicy organogram to cheer us all up. I am working on some other bits and pieces too, but this was too delicious not to share.
The Westminster Blog has published these fabbie organograms showing how the structure of the NHS is changing. Click on the smaller images in the blog and they will take you to larger, clearer images.What to do with this data
The diagrams speak for themselves which is why I love them so much. They are very useful for conveying to people some of the enormous complexity of how things are changing.
I have printed them out and stuck them on the wall of the datagoat’s pen so I can admire them during the day, and I recommend that you do the same.*
*They have actually missed out Local HealthWatches, so you will need to draw those on with a crayon.
The NHS Confederation is a useful source of briefing papers about goings-on in the NHS. A couple of months ago I was sent their briefing paper (a handy cut-out-and-keep Guide) on ‘The Operating Framework 2011-12″ – in other words, ‘What the NHS has got to do in the next year’.
Download A Handy Guide to ‘What the NHS has go to do in the next year’
This briefing paper simplifies a lot of complicated information about the major changes that will occur in the NHS over the next year (and beyond).
The next year (April 2011-April 2012) is sometimes referred to as the ‘transition year’ because it is the first full financial year that the NHS will be in transition from the old structure to the new, reformed structure.
The big change of course is that health services will not be commissioned via Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) but will be commissioned via doctors, who will be getting together into ‘consortia’. But there are lots of other changes, too, and this paper is the easiest way of getting your head around all of this information in one sitting. It explains how the NHS has got to save money, change structure, move from PCTs to GP Commissioning Consortia, turn all Trusts into Foundation Trusts, transform Public Health and squillions of other enormous and complicated tasks – and it explains all of this in a mere seven pages.
Who are the ‘NHS Confederation’?
“The NHS Confederation is the independent membership body for the full range of organisations that make up the modern NHS. We have over 95 per cent of NHS organisations in our membership including ambulance trusts, acute and foundation trusts, mental health trusts and primary care trusts … We support the NHS to deliver high-quality services and improve the nation’s health and well-being.” (From their website at www.nhsconfed.org)
Now I should point out that generally, NHS Confederation Briefing papers aren’t usually accessible to the public. But I really, really wanted to put this one on the datagoat blog as I think it’s super-useful, and luckily for us, the NHS Confederation agreed that it was a good idea: “We generally like to keep most documents confidential so that it’s clear to members that they have had benefits from being members that are not available to the wider public. However, we think that making the operating framework briefing available to LINks will help our members because it will contribute to better scrutiny by local LINks.” So a big thanks to the NHS Confederation for putting this really useful document in the public domain.
What to do with this data:
Sit down and read it. Stick it on your wall. Put it in your handbag to re-read while you are waiting for your bus. Send the above link to all your LINk chums and anyone that might be interested in the NHS reforms. Wow your friends at dinner parties with your amazing grasp of the changing NHS landscape. (Can you tell that I like this document?)
Now if only all information and consultations that came out of the Department of Health was summarised for us by the NHS Confederation, public scrutiny would be a far more managable task…