Karen Reeves discusses how an online toolkit that helps organisations decide if networked care is right for them is also relevant for commissioning specialised services
An ageing population, more treatable conditions, expensive drugs, increasing disease prevalence, and more high‑tech equipment mean that the NHS needs financially viable models of care to ensure sustainable services. Inconsistent quality in diagnosis and treatment, diagnostic duplication, unnecessary appointments, and poor clinical outcomes must be avoided.
The pressures facing acute hospitals, particularly smaller district general hospitals (DGHs), are often complex. These organisations find it increasingly difficult to afford delivery of safe and effective care across all clinical specialties and sub-specialties.