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Western Health Board community care: annual report for year ended 31st December 1994
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|Title: ||Western Health Board community care: annual report for year ended 31st December 1994|
|Publisher: ||Western Health Board (WHB)|
|Issue Date: ||1995 |
|Description: ||Over the past few years, Community Care has seen significant changes and
major developments. Important influences have been:
Earlier hospital discharges and extension of services on a day care basis, i.e.
Increasing demand for specialist services in the community.
Increasing demand for home nursing.
Increasing demand for high-tech equipment in the community.
Increasing drug costs.
Changing social structures and patterns
Increasing family breakdown
Increasing isolation and dependency
Introduction of a wide range of European legislation around food and
Introduction of new legislation on child care services and nursing homes
Greater emphasis on the consumer and on quality of service
Health promotion and empowerment issues.
These factors have placed huge demands on the Community Care Programme,
particularly in the light of continuing tight budgetary constraints.
The Board is now required to submit a statement of its proposals for reorientation
and development of it's capacity and management process to
achieve the objectives of the National Health Strategy. The Board must also
prepare for a structural review of its performance by the Department of Health
as to how it will measure progress against efficiency, output and outcome
objectives for all services. In the Community Care Programme, the principal
features of this approach are:
a primary focus on identifying opportunities for health gain and social
a recognition that the development of effective strategies depends on
the assessment of the needs of local people and communities
the active involvement of all key parties in the strategy formation
Central to the success of this approach is the availability of an effective
Community Care Information System. In this regard, a comprehensive
specification is being finalised at present for submission to the Department of
In terms of equity and quality, the Programme is committed to examining the
access of individuals and groups to Community Care services and to deal with
COMMUNITY CARE ANNUAL REPORT for year ended J I.' December 1994
those areas which are not satisfactory. The quality of our Community Care
services and settings and facilities in which they are delivered, will be
continually upgraded and consumer opinion sought to improve patient
|Keywords: ||COMMUNITY CARE|
|Appears in Collections: ||WHB Publications|
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