In 2016 the new care models programme began working with a cohort of small district general hospitals (22 in total) to look at strengthening their acute medical model. Many of these hospitals are in rural and remote settings.
A number of these hospitals are working to trial new ways to improve the sustainability and quality of acute medical services in smaller district hospitals. They face particular challenges around the ability to recruit and retain the clinical staff needed to construct rotas, keep skills updated and attract trainees. Many are trying to provide much needed acute medical services where a larger than average proportion of the population is elderly and there are higher levels of deprivation.
The programme is offering support to these hospitals, giving opportunities for members to learn from each other and see what works in sustaining an acute medical model. The programme is also connecting members with relevant national bodies, for example the Royal Colleges and Health Education England.
This year the programme will be seeking to develop a model for the delivery of acute medical services in small, rural and remote hospitals
For further information contact Vicky Scott, National Lead – Acute Medical Model Programme firstname.lastname@example.org.