Wednesday 12th June 2002
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Health Minister, Jacqui Smith announced today at the College of Occupational Therapists “Making Waves” Conference that the NSF for Long-term conditions will have a particular focus on the needs of people with neurological conditions and brain and spinal injury, and also address some of the common issues faced by people living with long term conditions.
Speaking at the Conference, Jacqui Smith said:
“This NSF will enable us to tackle unacceptable variations in the quality of care across the country for people with neurological conditions and brain and spinal injury.
“We know that people need help not only in the context of managing their medical condition, but also in the light of their social, educational, employment and family lives. Their views and those of their family and carers are really important in helping to improve their independence and quality of life.
“These are challenging times ahead but occupational therapists have a key role to play in developing and implementing the NSF over the next 10 years. Your expertise in working with patients across health and social care boundaries will be invaluable to this work.”
The NSF will build on the NHS Plan principles: aiming to provide good quality, joined–up health and social services along the whole of the patient pathway, with users and carers at the centre of the re-designed services.
The NSF will have a particular focus on services and support for people of working age. For example:
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