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Today we are announcing the introduction of Operational Delivery Networks which will complement the newly created Strategic Clinical Networks.
Operational Delivery Networks (ODNs) will cover areas such as neonatal intensive care, adult critical care, burns and trauma and are focussed on coordinating patient pathways between providers over a wide area to ensure access to specialist support. and expertise.
Working closely with Strategic Clinical Networks, commissioners, providers and patients , ODNs will ensure the delivery of safe and effective services across the patient pathway and help secure the best outcome for patients.
ODNs will be established across England and work with other organisations in the new healthcare system including Clinical Senates, academic health science networks and local professional networks.
In The Way Forward: Operational Delivery Networks, we set out the steps that need to be taken to ensure the safe transfer of current delivery networks and ensure that local clinicians continue to come together to improve care for patients.
Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director for the NHS Commissioning Board said,
“Clinical Networks are an NHS success story. Combining the experience of clinicians, the input of patients and the vision of NHS staff, they have supported and improved the way we deliver care to patients in distinct areas delivering true integration of services.
This is why the NHS Commissioning Board is building on this experience to create more networks. This is a great opportunity to improve outcomes for patients across the country for a range of complex and specialist areas of care. I am confident that patients will benefit greatly from the development of ODNs as they enable consistent standards of care and the use of the latest technology and clinical evidence to improve patient’s lives”.
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