The South East has set up a programme board to ensure the region delivers the recommendations in NHS England’s Urgent and Emergency Care Review, which proposes a fundamental shift in the way urgent and emergency care services are provided.
The long-term vision is to create an urgent and emergency care system that is capable of delivering the right care, first time for the majority of patients through a networked model seven days a week, and which is easy for our patients to navigate and understand.
The Review proposes that five key changes are needed:
- Providing better support for people to self-care
- Helping people with urgent care needs to get the right advice in the right place, first time
- Providing highly responsive urgent care services outside of hospital so people no longer choose to queue in A&E
- Ensuring that those people with more serious or life threatening emergency needs receive treatment in centres with the right facilities and expertise in order to maximise chances of survival and a good recovery
- Connecting all urgent and emergency care services together so the overall system becomes more than just the sum of its parts.