Chaired by Professor Norman Williams
Watch Professor Norman Williams, Dr Patrick Cardigan and Mr Peter Rees discussing the principles of seven day consultant-present care highlighted in the Academy's two reports from this project.
The Academy Seven Day Consultant Present care project delivered a report in December 2012 detailing three service standards:
Standard 1: Hospital inpatients should be reviewed by an on-site consultant at least once every 24 hours, seven days a week, unless it has been determined that this would not affect the patient’s care pathway.
Standard 2: Consultant-supervised interventions and investigations along with reports should be provided seven days a week if the results will change the outcome or status of the patient’s care pathway before the next ‘normal’ working day. This should include interventions which will enable immediate discharge or a shortened length of hospital stay.
Standard 3: Support services both in hospitals and in the primary care setting in the community should be available seven days a week to ensure that the next steps in the patient’s care pathway, as determined by the daily consultant-led review, can be taken.
Download the Seven Day Consultant Present Care report.
In November 2013 the project delivered a second report: Seven Day Consultant Delivered Care: Implementation Considerations designed to help organisational and clinical leaders with both identifying their starting point on the path to delivering seven day consultant-present care for patients in hospital, and setting out a view of the target destination.
Download the Seven Day Consultant Present Care: Implementation Considerations report.