Notes to editors
- The King’s Fund seeks to understand how the health system in England can be improved. Using that insight, we help to shape policy, transform services and bring about behaviour change. Our work includes research, analysis, leadership development and service improvement. We also offer a wide range of resources to help everyone working in health to share knowledge, learning and ideas.
- Accounting for quality to the local community: findings from focus group research is the result of findings of five two-hour focus groups held between August and November 2009 in Norwich, Cambridge, Bedford, Stevenage and London. These locations were chosen because the NHS trusts in these areas had taken part in the pilot ‘quality reporting’ exercise earlier in 2009. Locally relevant quality reports were used as prompts for discussion.
- The groups included people involved in formal local accountability structures for health; members of local involvement networks (LINks); local voluntary sector representatives; health overview and scrutiny committee (HOSC) members; foundation trust governors and members. However, many participants had more than one relevant role, including:local authority staff responsible for scrutiny; member of a patient and user group organised by a local NHS organisation; service user; carer. In total, 35 people took part.