Message from Helen
May has been a busy month. The Planned Care Summit took place early in the month with over 70 Clinicians and senior managers attending to discuss system-level outpatient transformation. This is an important topic as small percentage changes in outpatient activity will lead to significant gains in capacity and a more efficient system-wide service that will benefit patients and staff and as well as delivering financial savings.
We are already seeing examples of local outpatient transformation initiatives successfully reducing unwarranted referrals. A musculoskeletal First Contact Practitioner pilot in Barnet, Camden and Enfield has reduced secondary referrals and generated savings.
There is good news from the Clinical Advice and Guidance (CAG) service, this allows GPs to access advice from a consultant of a particular specialty when they are considering making a hospital referral. The Planned Care team report that use of the service rose by 63% in March 2019 compared to March 2018. Well done to four of NCL’s acute trusts for exceeding their target of responding to 80% of CAG requests within two working days, and particular congratulations to North Middlesex who responded to 89% of requests within the two day period
In primary care we are working with the five CCGs to support GP practices form new Primary Care Networks (PCNs). These networks will consist of groups of general practices working together in local communities with other local health and care providers to provide more coordinated health and care to their local population. All have now submitted their initial proposals to commissioners describing how they will work together.
You can find out more about these programmes and other initiatives in this newsletter.