Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of 50 organisations and partnerships, called vanguards, selected by NHS England to develop new care models as part of implementing the NHS Five Year Forward View.
The vanguards include 13 acute care collaborations – of which Moorfields is one – which aim to “link hospitals together to improve their clinical and financial viability, reducing variation in care and efficiency”.
The Moorfields vanguard team has spent the past year exploring whether the longer-term sustainability of single speciality services can be strengthened by entering into a networked care partnership, and the other benefits that the model might bring.
“To do this we have drawn on our own 20 years’ experience of delivering a single speciality service across multiple sites,” said Johanna Moss, executive lead, Moorfields vanguard programme. “We have also gained valuable insights by collaborating with other healthcare providers already using networked care to deliver services and with smaller hospitals that may face sustainability challenges.”
The team was keen to understand what makes the biggest difference for patients, staff and partner organisations in getting things right first time when establishing a networked care partnership; and to identify the best way to sustain services so that specialist care can continue to be offered locally.
The team’s findings are shared in the toolkit, an online resource with evidenced-based learning that other trusts can use to evaluate whether networked care could help their smaller clinical services. It has practical advice on how organisations can establish their own network in the way for them.
The toolkit includes recommendations on how to:
- ensure consistent quality of care at multiple sites
- ensure a sustainable workforce
- maintain effective partnerships
- develop sustainable specialist care
- provide a standardised quality of care
Karen Reeves, vanguard programme director, said: “Providing this learning resource as an online toolkit is designed to spread this learning as quickly as possible across the NHS. It has valuable information on standardising and promoting single specialty networked care, supporting local service sustainability and helping organisations to get it right first time.”
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