Quality health care and psychologists
Guest Editors Hilary Hearnshaw and Noelle Robertson introduce a special feature on the role of psychologists in delivering quality in health care.
THE articles in this special feature describe the opportunities for psychology created by a growing interest in the quality of health care provided in the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom. The NHS has faced many major changes over recent years and healthcare professionals are being confronted with more and more demands. There is now a requirement to provide evidence-based, high quality care. This means that health service staff need skills in evaluating and implementing research evidence and in quality management, in addition to dealing with clinical responsibilities. As these articles will demonstrate, the knowledge and skills of psychologists in practising, teaching and researching their discipline can all help health service staff to meet these demands.
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