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Palliative care in the acute hospital settingA practical guide$
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Sara Booth, Polly Edmonds, and Margaret Kendall

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199238927

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238927.001.0001

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Bureaucracy and money

Bureaucracy and money

(p.85) Chapter 6 Bureaucracy and money
Palliative care in the acute hospital setting

Sara Booth

Polly Edmonds (Contributor Webpage)

Margaret Kendall

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines funding and bureaucracy issues that may influence the operation of palliative care teams in acute hospitals in Great Britain. It describes the bureaucratic structure of the National Health Service (NHS) and explains the roles of the NHS Hospital Trusts, the Healthcare Commission, the Acute Trusts, and the Foundation Trusts relevant to the palliative care team. It suggests that a detailed understanding of the structure of the wider NHS as well as the way the team's hospital, locality, and network function operates at a strategic level is essential if the team is going to develop its service effectively.

Keywords:   palliative care teams, acute hospitals, Great Britain, bureaucracy, NHS, NHS Hospital Trust, Healthcare Commission, Acute Trust, Foundation Trusts

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