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An update from the 7 day services workstream at NHS Improving Quality

Carole SmeeCarole Smee

Carole Smee, Locality Delivery Facilitator, NHS Improving Quality gives an update today at the Out of Hours conference: 

  • an update from the 7 day services workstream
  • delivering high quality care 24/7

In her presentation Carole States: 

"Five day service model not meeting patient needs or expectations"

"Increasing evidence of poor outcomes for patients admitted at weekends"

"Significantly greater risk of dying (up to 16%) for weekend admissions"

"Factors contributing to unnecessarily longer stays more pronounced at weekends"

"Working between different parts of system more difficult, impacting on readmissions"

"Lack of senior decision makers hinders communication"

"My personal view is what doesn't need to be done 7 days a week?"

"waiting for senior assessment equates to longer length of stay"

"The journey so far…..

  • Everyone Counts: Planning for Patients 2013/14 - “The NHS will move towards routine services being available seven days a week.”
  • Seven Day Services Forum established - urgent and emergency services, supporting diagnostics.
  • Forum’s recommendations approved by NHS England – including adoption of 10 clinical standards.
  • Forum scope widened - consideration of a fully integrated seven day service.
  • Five Year Forward View: key part of system transformation “…we will develop a framework for how seven day services can be implemented affordably and sustainably…”

"need to make system work better, support those with expert skills to be available"

"having GP services 24/7 makes a lot of sense"

"NHS Improving Quality's role is to spread change, we wont to hear about your experiences"

"Key Learning:,'Think differently', need to think beyond the problem and look to future and potential solutions"

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Events of interest:

Monitoring & Improving Patient Safety
Thursday 11 December 2014 London

Measuring and Monitoring Quality
Tuesday 20 January 2015 London

Reducing Medication Errors
Tuesday 27 January 2015 London

Advancing IV Therapy
Thursday 29 January 2015 London

Patient Safety, Incident Reporting, Investigation & Learning
Monday 2 February 2015 London

Eliminating Avoidable Pressure Ulcers
Wednesday 4 February 2015 Birmingham

The National Quality Standard for Surgical Site Infection
Thursday 12 February 2015 London

Investigating Incidents and The Duty of Candour
Tuesday 28 April 2015 London

Developing Patient Accessible Electronic Patient Records
Wednesday 29 April 2015 London

Download: Carole Smee Presentation

2 December 2014


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