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Nov. 9, 2016 Europe Event

Governance and accountability in new care models

The current focus on new care models, and place-based systems of care, requires organisations to work together to deliver services. How well these new systems are led, directed and held to account will be crucial to their success. This one-day conference will help those who are considering how governance and accountability will work in these new, place-based systems.

 

Oct. 27, 2016 Europe Publication

The integration of health and social care services

The Government is committed to the introduction of a single-tier health service, supported by universal health insurance (UHI). Under UHI, everyone will be insured for a standard package of primary and hospital care services, including mental health services. It is understood that primary and hospital care will be funded mainly via the UHI system and social care services and public health services will be funded by general taxation. While funded separately, these services will need to be delivered in an integrated manner around the needs of the person. This review considers the international evidence in relation to mechanisms and structures used to integrate health services (provided under UHI) and social care services.

Sept. 15, 2016 Europe, Global Publication

Power and Integrated Health Care: Shifting from Governance to Governmentality

Integrated care occurs within micro, meso and macro levels of governance structures, which are shaped by complex power dynamics. Yet theoretically-led notions of power, and scrutiny of its meanings and its functioning, are neglected in the literature on integrated care. We explore an alternative approach. Following a discussion on governance, two streams of theorising power are presented: mainstream and second-stream. Mainstream concepts are based on the notion of power-as-capacity, of one agent ­having the capacity to influence another—so the overall idea is ‘power over ’. Studies on integrated care ­typically employ mainstream ideas, which yield rather limited analyses. Second-stream concepts focus on ­strategies and relations of power—how it is channelled, negotiated and (re)produced. These notions align well with the contemporary shift away from the idea that power is centralised, towards more fluid ideas of power as dispersed and (re)negotiated throughout a range of societal structures, networks and ...

June 30, 2016 Europe Publication

Governance for new care models

Dr Rachael Addicott, Senior Research Fellow from The King’s Fund, discussed about her research into governance for new care models during the event on Multi-specialty community providers and primary and acute care systems (7 June 2016)

If you are interested in other presentations from this event, click here

 

 

May 24, 2016 Global Publication

Briefing note: Policy dialogue: What it is and how it can contribute to evidence-informed decision-making

This briefing note brings together knowledge generated through the EU-Luxembourg-WHO Universal Health Coverage Partnership, which currently supports policy dialogue processes in 28 countries.

Good governance for health (part of Strategy 3 of the Framework on Integrated People-Centred Health Services) involves broad, continuous and consultative policy dialogue on crucial health sector issues amongst and between all relevant social, technical and political stakeholders. Yet there exists little guidance and analysis on what actually constitutes policy dialogue, how it can contribute to better policies, and what countries can concretely do to better engage in participatory dialogue processes. This Briefing note is a first attempt at making sense of the policy dialogue literature and experiences in using it in health and in low- and middle-income countries. It further examines the following questions:

- What is poilcy dialogue?

- How can the policy dialogue contribute to improving a policy and decision making process?

- What are the possible ...

May 24, 2016 Africa Publication

Health service planning contributes to policy dialogue around strengthening district health systems: an example from DR Congo 2008–2013

Good governance for health (part of Strategy 3 of the Framework on Integrated People-Centred Health Services) involves broad, continuous and consultative policy dialogue on crucial health sector issues amongst and between all relevant social, technical and political stakeholders. Ideally, policy dialogue should also be based on the best available evidence. This paper demonstrates how building and maintaining data and evidence on relevant health sector issues, in this case the essential health services package in DRC, can contribute to rational policy dialogue over a sustained period of time. 

Background

This case study from DR Congo demonstrates how rational operational planning based on a health systems strengthening strategy (HSSS) can contribute to policy dialogue over several years. It explores the operationalization of a national strategy at district level by elucidating a normative model district resource plan which details the resources and costs of providing an essential health services package at district level ...

March 30, 2016 Global Event

IHF 40th World Hospital Congress

The IHF 40th World Hospital Congress will be held 31 October – 3 November 2016 in Durban, South Africa with the theme: Addressing the Challenge of Patient-centered Care and Safety.

The World Hospital Congress of the International Hospital Federation (IHF) is a unique global forum that brings together key drivers of national and international policy, management, financial trends and solutions in healthcare management and service delivery. Through this forum multidisciplinary exchange of knowledge, expertise and experiences are facilitated, together with dialogue on best practices in leadership in hospital and healthcare management and delivery of services.

For further information please click here: IHF 40th World Hospital Congress

Feb. 10, 2016 Africa Publication

Action learning for health system governance: the reward and challenge of co-production

Health policy and systems research (HPSR) is centrally concerned with people, their relationships and the actions and practices they can implement towards better health systems. These concerns suggest that HPS researchers must work in direct engagement with the practitioners and practice central to the inquiry, acknowledging their tacit knowledge and drawing it into generating new insights into health system functioning. Social science perspectives are of particular importance in this field because health policies and health systems are themselves social and political constructs. However, how can social science methodologies such as action research and narrative and appreciative enquiry enable such research, and how can methodologies from different disciplines be woven together to construct and make meaning of evidence for 'this' field? This article seeks to present 'methodological musings' on these points, to prompt wider discussion on the practice of HPSR. It draws on one long-term collaborative action learning research project being ...

Feb. 10, 2016 South-East Asia Publication

Implementing people-centred health systems governance in 3 provinces and 11 districts of Afghanistan: a case study

BACKGROUND:

Previous studies show that health systems governance influences health system performance and health outcomes. However, there are few examples of how to implement and monitor good governing practices in fragile and conflict affected environments. Good governance has the potential to make the health system people-centered. More research is needed on implementing a people-centered governance approach in these environments.

CASE DESCRIPTION:

We piloted an intervention that placed a people-centred health systems governance approach in the hands of multi-stakeholder committees that govern provincial and district health systems. We report the results of this intervention from three provinces and eleven districts in Afghanistan over a six month period. This mixed-methods exploratory case study uses analysis of governance self-assessment scores, health management information system data on health system performance, and focus group discussions. The outcomes of interest are governance scores and health system performance indicators. We document the application of a people-centred health ...

Feb. 10, 2016 South-East Asia Publication

Enhancing governance and health system accountability for people centered healthcare: an exploratory study of community scorecards in Afghanistan

BACKGROUND:

The premise of patient-centered care is to empower patients to become active participants in their own care and receive health services focused on their individual needs and preferences. Afghanistan has evidenced enormous gains in coverage and utilization, but the quality of care remains suboptimal, as evidenced in the balanced scorecard (BSC) performance assessments. In the United States and throughout Africa and Asia, community scorecards (CSC) have proved effective in improving accountability and responsiveness of services. This study represents the first attempt to assess CSC feasibility in a fragile context (Afghanistan) through joint engagement of service providers and community members in the design of patient-centered services with the objective of assessing impact on service delivery and perceived quality of care.

METHODS:

Six primary healthcare facilities were randomly selected in three provinces (Bamyan, Takhar and Nangarhar) and communities in their catchment area were selected for the study. Employing a multi-stakeholder strategy ...