The process of management of health care includes the development of health strategy, its assessment and evaluation, managing finance and resources, and managing personnel and teams. Some of these processes, such as financial and strategic management, are more general tasks whereas time and stress management are more personal.
These processes are applicable to the NHS in the United Kingdom, but may not be relevant in other parts of the world and may not be appropriate in other types of health-care system. Although it is assumed here that the various management processes are discrete, in practice they often merge into one another. The implementation of these processes demands a set of specific personal skills which are described later in this chapter. A key function of the psychiatrist is that of developing strategy.
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