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Transforming Outpatient Services

Friday 5 July 2019
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Transforming Outpatient Services
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The NHS Long Term Plan, published in February 2019 states that:"Outpatient services will be fundamentally redesigned… hospital outpatient visits have nearly doubled over the past decade from 54 to 94 million, at a cost of £8 billion a year......Outpatients traditionally serve at least three purposes, and in each case there are opportunities for redesign. An outpatient appointment can provide: advice and diagnosis for a patient and their GP; follow-up review after a hospital procedure; and ongoing specialist input into a long-term condition. Technology means an outpatient appointment is often no longer the fastest or most accurate way of providing specialist advice on diagnosis or ongoing patient care. The Royal College of Physicians has rightly argued that outpatients needs a radical overhaul”

“The NHS Long Term Plan commits to reducing face-to-face outpatient appointments by up to a third over the next five years. This will be a game-changer for many patients. Far less need to struggle with public transport, road congestion, or parking; to arrange for time off work or to be accompanied by a relative or friend; or to travel for hours just to have a brief exchange in an outpatient clinic and little time for questions. Transforming the approach will not just save patients time and money, it will allow staff to work in the most efficient and satisfying way, reduce pollution from road travel, and save the NHS more than £1 billion a year.” Linda Charles-Ozuzu is NHS England’s Director of the Elective Care Transformation Programme.

“In short, the traditional model of outpatients is outdated and unsustainable. We will therefore redesign services so that over the next five years patients will be able to avoid up to a third of face-to-face outpatient visits, removing the need for up to 30 million outpatient visits a year. This will save patients time and inconvenience, will free up significant medical and nursing time, will allow current outpatient teams to work differently, and will avoid spending an extra £1.1 billion a year on additional outpatient visits were current trends simply to continue. These resources will instead be used to invest in faster, modern diagnostics and other needed capacity. The traditional model of outpatient care is no longer fit for purpose, ie specialty opinion, diagnosis and disease monitoring. It places unnecessary financial and time costs on patients, clinicians, the NHS and the public purse. Growing demand and expectations cannot be, and are not being, met by the status quo. It is no longer acceptable to solely consider the cost of clinical interventions in relation to individual health outcomes.” The Royal College of Physicians 9th November 2018

This national conference aims to bring together leaders of outpatient services to focus on improvement and the delivery of outstanding outpatient care and experience. The conference opens with National Developments followed by case studies focusing on improving quality, efficiency and meeting the Care Quality Commission Quality Ratings in outpatients. The conference continues with an extended in depth masterclass which will contact interactive group work focusing on Improving, capacity, access, patient flow and waiting times in outpatient services. Further sessions will focus on improving patient experience, improving outcomes in outpatient services, developing and implementing core standards and the developing role of virtual outpatient clinics in reducing pressure on outpatient services.

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve outpatient services and patient care
  • Learn from established practice delivering effective outpatient services
  • Reflect on national developments including the findings from the recent Royal College of Physicians report into the Future of Outpatients
  • Develop your skills in improving capacity, access, patient flow and waiting times in outpatient services
  • Understand how you can improve quality in outpatients in line with the CQC Quality Ratings
  • Identify key strategies for developing virtual outpatient clinics including understand risk issues and which patients are suitable for Virtual Consultations
  • Understand how to measure, monitor and improve patient experience in outpatients
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence


100% of delegates at our previous conference on this subject would recommend it to a colleague

 

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