Since publication of the national service framework (NSF) for long-term conditions in March 2005, the Department has co-ordinated a range of activities to help local health and social care organisations take forward local implementation of the NSF. This includes:
working with key national health service, 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 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.
The NSF is for implementation over 10 years and local bodies can set their own pace of change within this period, according to local priorities. However, the planning framework makes clear that the national health service and local authorities will need to demonstrate that they are making progress in planning and developing the levels of service quality described in the NSF over the course of the three year planning period (2005/08).