The award of beacon status to a further 68 NHS Trusts and Primary Care Groups brings the total to 355. The role of the beacons is to show how the principles of the NHS 10 year plan can be put into practice by providing leading edge examples of modernisation and best practice. The new beacons represent all aspects of health care including outpatients, coronary heart disease, human resources and personality disorders.Each beacon receive 15,000 pounds to promote their good practice. This is done in a variety of ways such as providing interactive learning, mentoring, secondment, websites and training packs.
The beacon selection process involves pre-selection by regional panels and final selection by national panels with representatives from the regions, patient groups and experts in the field.