When doctors and patients talk

For most people who come into contact with the NHS, a key element of their experience of care will be their individual consultations with a clinician. Often these interactions are ones that happen ...

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Measuring quality: a complicated task

Understanding the best ways to measure and monitor the quality of healthcare is at the core of our improvement work here at the Health Foundation. Not collecting or using this information has resul...

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The power of peer support

Peer-led support groups are proven to help people manage long-term conditions by reducing depression, building self-esteem and improving physical and mental health. We ask Mohammed Ijaz about the w...

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The background to Star

The current healthcare landscape demands that those who plan or commission services - at local, regional, or national level - provide high quality health and social services that offer good value f...

History of Star

The Star approach to priority setting, combining value for money analysis with stakeholder engagement, emerged from a programme of research into value for money in healthcare carried out by Profess...

Star pilots

Initial pilots As part of the initial stages of Star, two pilots were undertaken: NHS Isle of Wight pilot (July 2008) Faced with significant health inequalities within their population, de...

About Star

Star is an innovative approach to support commissioners and other healthcare stakeholders to make resource allocation decisions. The components of the Star approach are an Excel-based technical too...

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