Update on Urgent and Emergency Care Review

Today NHS England has published an update on the Urgent and Emergency Care Review, which builds on NHS England’s future vision for urgent and emergency care in Transforming urgent and emergency care services in England. Urgent and Emergency Care Review End of Phase 1 Report.

This work will make it easier  for patients to get the right care, in the right place, first time.   The vision is simple: firstly, for those people with urgent but non-life threatening needs we must provide highly responsive, effective and personalised services outside of hospital –  as close to people’s homes as possible, minimising disruption and inconvenience for patients and their families.  Secondly, for those people with life threatening needs we should ensure they are treated in centres with the very best expertise and facilities.

This update sets out what the Review has been doing since we last reported in November 2013. It reports on progress with NHS England’s work with local commissioners and the development of their five year strategic and two year operational plans as well as updates on planning to develop demonstrator sites to trial new models, including the new NHS 111 service specification.

To underpin these changes, a new approach to reimbursing providers of health and care services is essential.  Today NHS England and Monitor have therefore also published a discussion document setting out the options for payment to kick off discussion.


One comment

  1. steven read says:

    The recognition that the knowledge of paramedics needs to be enhanced is great news for managing patients in the community, however, the ability for IHCD trained paramedics to complete a higher education qualification is often prevented due the the financial costs.

    I work in London where all costs are covered by the individual whereby in South East Coast ambulance service they have their course fees covered by the ambulance service, this is a n issue that I feel should be addressed to ensure an equal balance across the country and will ensure all patients know they will recieve the same standard of care irrespective of which part of the country they call for an ambulance.