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Want to help shape the new strategy for Urgent and Emergency Care (UEC)?
Have your say help shape the UEC strategy by joining in the four challenges on #SolvingTogether:
- What could help people find the right service when they have an urgent care need (an illness or injury that requires urgent attention but is not a life threatening situation)?
- What examples of a positive urgent care experience do you have? What made the experience good?
- How could ambulance services work differently in the future?
- How might hospitals increase their use of technology in how they provide services to patients? Which services are better suited to a virtual environment?
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How could ambulance services work differently in the future?
Ambulance services are at the heart of the UEC system. The UEC Strategy presents us with an opportunity to look at where ambulance services fit within a future model of care.
We want to know how ambulance services could best prioritise emergency services, while providing some support with urgent care? What technological developments could ambulance services utilise, i.e. drones?
now to get involved in the challenge how could ambulance services work differently in the future?
AACE shared the challenge:
Hilary Pillin shared her thoughts on the supporting ambulance services to work differently challenge:
What examples of a positive urgent care experience do you have?
What made the experience good?
A key principle of the UEC Strategy is making sure all parts of the population have consistent access to urgent care services, so we can ensure patients receive care in the right place, at the right time.
We’d like to hear about examples of innovation and best practice so we can learn from experience and share with others.
How can we ensure future urgent care services meet the needs of the population? Do you have examples of services successfully working together to give people a better experience? Have you had a particularly good experience of urgent care, and if so, what made it good?
to share your examples of a positive urgent care experience!
There has been brilliant engagement with this challenge:
What could help people find the right service when they have an urgent care need (an illness or injury that requires urgent attention but is not a life-threatening situation)?
There is a difference between urgent care and emergency care.
Urgent: an illness or injury that requires urgent attention but is not life-threatening. Urgent care services include GP appointments, pharmacy advice, community services, NHS 111, out-of-hours GP appointments, and/or referral to an urgent treatment centre.
Emergency: life threatening illnesses or accidents which require immediate, intensive treatment. Services that should be accessed in an emergency include ambulance services (via 999) and emergency departments.
To help inform the UEC Strategy, we want to know how we can help people to feel confident in accessing the right service for their urgent healthcare need.
How can we best make use of existing capacity across primary, community and urgent care services?
How do we ensure emergency departments are only used for emergencies?
to get involved in the what could help people find the right service when they have an urgent care need (an illness or injury that requires urgent attention but is not a life-threatening situation)? challenge .
How might hospitals increase their use of technology in how they provide services? Which services are better suited to a virtual environment?
Technology is evolving at pace, creating new opportunities for patient care. During our development of the UEC Strategy, we want to explore how we can best utilise digital transformation to make sure we create a system that is responsive and resilient for the next five to ten years.
We’re asking for thoughts on how we can use technology to support people in their own home:
· How can we make better use of digital innovations, such as virtual consultations, online bookings and virtual wards?
· When people need to visit an emergency department, how can we use technology to improve their experience while they wait to be seen?
to share your thoughts on how might hospitals increase their use of technology in how they provide services?Which services are better suited to a virtual environment?
Views on shaping the UEC strategy are welcome from anyone:
Seize the opportunity to have your say!
Thank you to NHS South East for sharing the campaign:
110 million urgent calls or visits every year - that's a staggering figure! Let's get #SolvingTogether to make sure our NHS urgent care system works effectively for everyone.
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