What Is the Health and Social Care Bill?

On the 19th January 2011, Parliament introduced the health and social care bill 2011, which brings with it a new direction for the NHS. The intention of this Bill is that it will modernise the NHS and work towards the government’s vision of the National Health Service being developed around patients, led by health professionals and delivering world class outcomes.

The ultimate aim is that with restructuring and re-focusing the NHS it will prove itself on a world class scale as one of the leading health care systems in existence.

The Bill itself builds upon and develops the papers produced in 2010; Equity and Excellence – Liberating the NHS (July 2010) and Liberating the NHS: Legislative Framework and Next Steps (Dec 2010). Both of these documents were the initial backdrop to this latest Bill which has been developed to cover five key themes. These themes are:

• strengthening commissioning of NHS services
• increasing democratic accountability and public voice
• liberating provision of NHS services
• strengthening public health services
• reforming health and care arm’s-length bodies.

But what exactly does all that mean? Well it is hoped that this Bill will allow for the costs of administrating the NHS to be decreased and through careful commissioning, the element of patient choice will be increased, with both of these goals being achieved under the governance of an independent NHS Board. This board will provide direction to and for commissioners to ensure that resources are allocated efficiently and appropriately.

In addition, the regulatory bodies currently involved with Health and Social Care services will also have more influence over service providers with the Care Quality Commission’s current remit and powers strengthened and Monitor, the organisation that regulates NHS Foundation Trusts, being transformed into an economic regulator to ensure that fair competition and accessibility is evident throughout the NHS. One of the ways in which the Bill proposes to cut administration costs is to totally abolish all Primary Care Trusts and Strategic Health Authorities – this particular proposal is proving to be a very controversial decision, with job uncertainty currently rife within the NHS and Trusts currently unable to make any commitments with any sense of certainty.

So how close are we to the Bill being passed and these proposals being put into practice? Well, after its initial presentation to Parliament in mid-January the key elements of the Bill were then debated in the House of Commons at the end of January. Following this debate it was then agreed that it should be given a second reading and it was therefore forwarded to a Public Bill Committee to obtain their opinion, with oral and written evidence being provided.

The Bill is still under scrutiny with third, fourth and fifth sittings of the committee having already been carried out, and there is still a long way to go before the Bill is fully implemented. The next steps are for it to be passed through the House of Lords before any amendments are considered, following this it will then move on to be approved by royal assent, when it will finally be implemented in full.

Hiring People for Health and Social Care Jobs

Health and social care jobs require a higher level of personnel experience than the jobs at the building material store require. Health and social care jobs involve the licensed professionals that will be working with people who are in need of doctors, nurses, nurse’s aids, rehabilitation services, and therapists.

Health and social care jobs cannot be filled by just anyone that answers an employee needed sign. The people that work these types of jobs must be compassionate individuals that are able to empathize with the patient they are dealing with. This goes for the people that have to go to school and receive licenses to hold the health and social care jobs positions they apply for and it counts for the people that apply to sit with an ailing person while their family is away from home.

Individuals applying for the positions of caring for or working with the elderly need to pass background checks to make sure they are not criminals that might would take advantage of the elderly person. These background checks can be done by the company that is looking to hire the employee or they can be done by the recruitment agency the company hires to find appropriate candidates.

The recruitment agencies that oversee the application processes for these types of positions will likely go ahead and do the drug and alcohol screening on all possible employees before they send them to the company for a final interview. This will assure the company that when they start to interview the candidate they can hire them on the spot if they really like them.

The recruiters that look for employee and employer match ups hope that the individuals they send to a company will be liked and hired immediately. It is the goal of these professionals to find candidates to hire that are qualified for the work so they are not wasting the time of the company by sending over people who are less than qualified.

Of course qualifications are not all determined by the educational background the person has or even by the work experience they have. Some of the things that make a person qualified include the area in which they live. The company will want to know that the people they hire will be on time for work and they live close enough that if a need arises they can come in early or they can stay late. People with long commutes are not as flexible as people who live closer to their work places.

The amount of enthusiasm for the job at hand will also be considered as a part of the qualifications for people who wish to work in health related industries. They will be working with the sick and the elderly so their outlook on life and their enthusiasm will reflect on the way they make their patients feel. In the health care industry you must be able to show a level of concern without becoming emotionally engaged with the client.