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An audit of the process of developing the Health Improvement Programme into Strategic and Financial Framework in two health authorities



An audit of the process of developing the Health Improvement Programme into Strategic and Financial Framework in two health authorities



Health Services Management Research 17(4): 211-216



Health Improvement Programmes (HImPs) are a means of documenting the health needs of a population and are intended to be translated into commissioning decisions by the Strategic and Financial Framework (SaFF). This paper examines some major influences on the process of translating the HImP into the SaFF. The Directors of Public Health in two Health Authorities were concerned that the development of the SaFF did not always represent a clear progression from the HImP. An audit to pinpoint where commissioning decisions did not match the identified health improvement needs in two Health Authorities was carried out between November 2000 and February 2001. The overall findings confirmed that needs identified in the HImPs were not fully reflected in the service provision described in the final SaFFs. The audit provided evidence that was useful in identifying major issues and influences that facilitated or hindered the development of the SaFF from the HImP. Some of the ways in which HImP priorities disappeared from the SaFF and non-HImP priorities appeared in it were also distinguished. The conclusion is that a clear, criterion-based process should enable health and social care communities and Primary Care Trusts to develop a more responsible commissioning process in future, and specific recommendations to that effect are made.

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