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The review of children's heart surgery units (Safe and Sustainable review) is being conducted by the NHS Specialised Commissioning Team.
The National Health Service has undertaken robust engagement with the stakeholders, including NHS hospital trusts, throughout the review process to date. NHS hospital trusts helped develop the proposed service standards and model of care, as well as the options appraisal process.
As part of the assessment process against service standards carried out by an independent expert assessment panel chaired by Professor Sir Ian Kennedy, each children's heart surgery centre was invited to submit an application demonstrating how they would meet the service standards. They were also asked to supply the evidence that helped in the assessment process.
Visits to the centres by the panel last year provided hospital trusts with further opportunities to directly participate in the process of collecting evidence.
In addition, hospital trusts had an opportunity to participate in the development of the criteria for assessment and scoring of the reconfiguration options.