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Policies and procedures

NHS Kernow has a number of strategies, policies, guidance, procedures, protocols and leaflets to help guide its staff and those people with an interest to do things in a way that is open, transparent, safe, legal and consistent. The collective name for these is ‘corporate documents’. Many of the policies are available via our website or upon application.

 

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Definitions 

  • Strategy – A strategy is a high-level, long-term plan of action, usually covering three to five years to achieve a particular goal in relation to the strategic aims of NHS Kernow.
     
  • Policy – A policy is a specific and enforceable set of principles or rules which have been formally agreed and which are used as a basis for decision-making. They set out the overall aims and objectives in a particular area and explain ‘what we will do’ and ‘how we will do it’.
     
  • Guidelines, including management guidance notes from Human Resources – documents setting out a preferred method of operation.  Usually based on guidance published by national or external agencies using current evidence.  A guideline allows for informed decision making concerning the appropriate course of action to take.  Other methods are not prohibited but a reason for deviation from guidance should be fully justifiable and approval by line management sought.  
     
  • Procedures –A procedure stipulates the practice required and the action to be taken to implement a policy.  It is usually a set of detailed step by step instructions that describe the appropriate method for carrying out tasks or activities to achieve a stated outcome to the highest possible standards and to ensure efficiency, consistency and safety
     
  • Protocols – A protocol is a formal set of procedures that must be followed in order to achieve specific outcomes or for the management of a specific condition or situation. Protocols define and restrict what must happen under particular circumstance, with no flexibility, in contrast to a guideline where there is a little constraint.
     
  • Leaflets – can be documents that publicise a service or similar to the public and/or staff.
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