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.
A follow up piece of work looking at providing detailed guidance to support the three standards is currently being scoped. It is intended that work will start in spring 2013.