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Head Injuries

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 8 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she has taken to ensure that progress is made against the quality requirements of the National Service Framework for Long-Term Neurological Conditions published in March 2005; and what steps she is taking to ensure that (a) local authorities and (b) NHS Trusts are implementing the national service framework. (76152)

Since publication of the national service framework (NSF) for long-term conditions, the Department has co-ordinated a range of activity to help local authority social care organisations and national health service bodies take forward implementation of the NSF. This includes:

working with key NHS, social care, voluntary and independent sector stakeholders, as well as service users and carers, to identify and address key issues in neurological services and the stakeholders’ role in implementation;

ensuring that other key delivery programmes, most especially the White Paper “Our Health, Our Care, Our Say” and the long-term conditions strategy help deliver key NSF objectives; and

work with the Care Services Improvement Partnership to promote implementation of the NSF through a co-ordinated work programme, including regional workshops, a web-based getting started pack and self-assessment tool for services.

Progress on implementation will be measured in a number of ways, including:

research studies commissioned as part of a national research initiative to underpin implementation of the NSF, to provide baseline data needed to measure the subsequent impact of the NSF;

work to develop a national minimum dataset for long-term neurological conditions; and

implementation of clinical indicators developed as part of the Better Metrics programme.