Advice and Guidance services are a key part of the Elective Care Transformation Programme’s work to ensure patients see the right person, in the right place, first and every time.
They provide a link between clinicians in primary care and specialist expertise. For instance, through Advice and Guidance services, consultants can support GPs to manage medication and treatment plans for patients, and can advise on interpretation of results.
The NHS e-Referral Service enables GPs to request advice from identified specialists. Clinicians can also use email or telephone.
We are analysing the use of Advice and Guidance services to identify and share best practice in the areas which use them most and to support other areas to expand them. We are working with clinicians and other key stakeholders to identify barriers to implementation and potential solutions.
The Elective Care Community of Practice has Advice and Guidance resources from many specialties across different waves of rapid testing.