Ripping off the sticking plaster: Whole-system solutions for urgent and emergency care – NHS Confederation – 10 March 2014
Extract from the Executive Summary
“In Emergency care: an accident waiting to happen? the NHS Confederation noted concerns from members that only sticking plaster solutions were being offered.
This follow-up report acts as a roadmap to the fundamental changes required to create a sustainable and high-quality urgent and emergency care system that can meet the needs of patients now and in the future. While this destination is clear, the public and politicians will need to recognise that the journey to get there may vary in each area, according to the resources, needs and priorities in different communities. As the NHS Confederation’s 2015 Challenge campaign sets out, we must ensure the health and care system has the freedom and flexibility it needs to develop solutions that will deliver the best possible outcomes for patients and the public.
The report draws on a review of the literature and evidence commissioned from the University of Sheffield’s School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), and on the knowledge and experience of our members as shared through a programme of forum events, visits and steering group meetings.”