The High-intensity Specialist Led Acute Care Survey (HiSLAC) project, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, aims to examine the impact of consultants and associate specialists on reducing the mortality associated with weekend admission to hospital, as part of the evaluation of seven-day services. The Academy has supported the project following on from our work on seven day consultant present care. Details of the project can be found on the HiSLAC website.

In 2016, the project is once again undertaking a major survey of consultant presence in hospitals. Consultants and associate specialists have been asked to complete the third annual HiSLAC survey – a short anonymised questionnaire to contribute to a nationwide ‘snapshot’ of specialist intensity and 7-day services.
Since the survey began, in 2014, researchers have gathered evidence from more than 28,000 NHS staff and 80 per cent of acute Trusts in England. Data from the first survey was recently published in the Lancet.

The survey has a minimum of three and maximum of nine questions, and takes less than two minutes to complete. Consultants and associate specialists should expect to receive an email from their Trust project lead and Medical Director on June 16th 2016.  For further information on the survey please visit the HiSLAC website.

The Academy and Colleges support this important piece of work and encourage doctors to complete the survey.