Morning, Thursday, 17th October 2019
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This seminar will be an opportunity to consider the development of urgent and emergency care in England, looking at service redesign, supporting the workforce and tackling unwarranted variation.
Delegates will discuss the implementation of the NHS Long Term Plan goals for urgent and emergency care, including the impact of service redesign and the expansion of Same Day Emergency Care following the commitment to embed the model in every type 1 accident and emergency department by 2020.
Attendees will also consider the expansion of out-of-hospital urgent care and the commitment in the Long Term Plan to fully implement the Urgent Treatment Centre model by autumn 2020. We expect discussion on the challenges for integrating services, developing multidisciplinary teams and increasing patient awareness of the variety of urgent care services available.
The seminar follows the publication of the interim report of the Clinically-led Review of NHS Access Standards which proposed the removal of the four-hour target for A&E departments and suggested new targets, including a one hour target for life-threatening conditions, to be piloted through 2019.
Delegates will assess the impact of changing access standards on patient care, including on waiting times for less urgent cases.
Following the Review’s proposed introduction of a one-hour target for mental health patients in A&E departments, attendees will also discuss the challenges for improving access to emergency mental health services, including staffing levels, funding for alternative provisions and the availability of acute beds.
The agenda includes sessions on tackling unwarranted variation in emergency services, in light of Lord Carter’s review Operational productivity and performance in English NHS Ambulance Trusts: Unwarranted variations.
The seminar will be an opportunity to assess the implementation of the review’s recommendations, including supporting ambulance staff, ensuring technology uptake and developing national standards for fleet management.
We expect further discussion on the urgent and emergency care workforce and how best to address workforce shortages, encourage retention and support the wellbeing of staff.