P3: explain the roles and responsibilities of two overarching health organisations
By Mercy Tiwo
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
The Department of Health (DH) is a ministerial department, supported by 23 agencies and public bodies. The department employs 2,160 staff who work in locations across the country.
DH helps people to live better for longer. They lead, shape and fund health and care in England, making sure people have the support, care and treatment they require, with the compassion, respect and dignity they deserve.
Their responsibilities include:
* They lead across health and care by creating national policies and legislations, providing long-term goals to meet current and future problems/challenges, putting health and care at the core of the government and being global leader in health and care policy
* They support the integrity of the system by providing funding, assuring the delivery and continuity of services and accounting ...view middle of the document...
It improves guidance, standards and information on high quality health and social care. It also gives advice oh how to promote healthy living and prevent ill health.
NICE changed on April 1 2013 to reflect its new role as a non-departmental public body and additional responsibility to develop guidance and set quality standards for social care, as outlined in the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
NICE's role is to improve outcomes for people using the NHS and other public health and social care services. They do this by:
* Producing evidence based guidance and advice for health, public health and social care professionals.
* Developing quality standards and performance for those providing and commissioning health, public health and social care services.
* Providing different types of informational services for commissioners, practitioners and managers across the spectrum of health and social care.
NICE’s responsibility is to:
* Help practitioners deliver the best possible care
* Give service users the most effective treatments based on the latest evidence
* Provide services that are value for money
* Decrease inequalities and variation