Progress

To meet the ambition of delivering the four priority clinical standards for 25% of population by March 2017, a first wave of NHS trusts have been identified. They have been working on the delivery of the standards, supported by NHS England’s regional Sustainable Improvement teams.

Following on from this, further NHS trusts will be identified to form phase two of this work, with the aim of delivering the four priority clinical standards for 50% of population by 2018, with remaining NHS trusts working towards implementation and 100% coverage by March 2020.

Alongside this, by autumn 2017, the four priority clinical standards will be rolled out to all urgent network specialist services which include vascular, stroke, major trauma, heart attack and children’s critical care.

Measuring our progress

To measure our progress, we undertake a self-assessment survey of acute hospital trusts. This takes place biannually, with the management of patients admitted in an emergency measured against the four priority clinical standards for seven day services.

The Seven day services survey has been awarded the SCCI assurance – mark (No: SCCI2173) by NHS Digital. (Standardisation Committee for Care Information). This confirms that it has been rigorously assessed and meets the SCCI quality assurance criteria.

September 2016 survey

Case notes to be reviewed for any consecutive seven day period between Weds 6 July – Wednesday 28 Sept  2016 (excluding August 29th Bank Holiday)

  • Time allowed for data collation and inputting after the end of the case note review period: 3 weeks
  • Final data submission and approval deadline: 19 October 2016
  • Analysis available: 28 October 2016

March 2017 survey

The date for this is to be confirmed but the last possible case note review period is: Wednesday 29 March – Wednesday 5 April 2017.

  • Time allowed for data collation and inputting after the end of the case note review period: 3 weeks
  • Final data submission and approval deadline: 26 April 2017
  • Analysis available: 5 May 2017

September 2017 survey

The dates for this are to be confirmed but the last possible case note review period is: Wednesday 20 September – Wednesday 27 September 2017.

  • Time allowed for data collation and inputting after the end of the case note review period: 3 weeks
  • Final data submission and approval deadline: 18 October 2017
  • Analysis available: 27 October 2017

Trusts are encouraged, but not at this stage required, to carry out the survey retrospectively. They will be able to select the 7 day period from which case notes are to be reviewed between Weds 6 July – Weds 28 Sept  2016 and the sample size will be determined by the number of emergency admissions in each trust.

More information on the next survey, along with the sample calculator, supporting tools and guidance for trusts, is available on the Seven Day Services Self Assessment Tool.