Benefits of Consultant Delivered Care – Academy of Medical Royal Colleges – 24 January 2012

Posted on February 3, 2012. Filed under: Medicine, Workforce | Tags: , |

Benefits of Consultant Delivered Care – Academy of Medical Royal Colleges – 24 January 2012

“On the basis of the best evidence available, the Academy concluded that medical care delivered by fully trained consultant doctors has demonstrable benefits in terms of:

•Rapid and appropriate decision making
•Improved outcomes for patients
•More efficient use of resources
•GP’s access to the opinion of a fully trained doctor
•Patient expectation of access to appropriate and skilled clinicians and information
•Benefits for the training of junior doctors.

The Academy recommends:

•That the identified  benefits of consultant-delivered care need to be taken into account alongside cost implications when considering the future shape of the medical workforce at local or national level
•Current contractual arrangements for consultants need to be separated from the question of the benefits of consultant-delivered care
•The benefits of consultant-delivered care should be available to all patients throughout the whole day and the whole week
•Implementing a full system of consultant-delivered care will require  different thinking about consultant working patterns
•Work should be undertaken between clinicians and employers to map out the staffing requirements and service implications of implementing a consultant-delivered service throughout the week.”

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