Policies, procedures and other guidance documents provide a framework to guide decision-making. They seek to standardise practice by reducing unjustified variations in practice and service delivery. Valid policies and procedures and other guidance documents, when appropriately disseminated and implemented can lead to changes in practice and service delivery and improvements in care.
Use the 4 main policy areas below:
Declaration of Interests
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Why Are Policies Important
Policies, are a set of principles (be it values, interests and resources) that underlines the actions that will take place to solve public issues.
In producing policies it must be realised that each is different to meet the values of the organisation which are continuously changing, and policies being the representation of organisation’s preferences and ideals, must change with them. It is at this level that policy becomes a complex mix of needs, ideas and general theories about the way policy is made.
There is no right or wrong policy.
Considering that public policy is an action taken by the government that ultimately affects the public, it has been recognised that even when an area of activity is left in private hands, the very act of it being left alone can be viewed as a deliberate policy of the authorities. This could possibly be because the general societies needs did not need to be altered, or because the body that the activity was delegated to will make the necessary changes in the place of the government; possibly because they understand social issues better because of their standing within society, for example local councils.