Surgery: Standards

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 21st October 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Labour, East Ham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps NHS England will take to record patient experience at trusts participating in the field test programme for the elective care standards proposed in the interim review of clinically-led access standards.

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Labour, East Ham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether NHS England will consult patients on changes to waiting time standards arising from the field test programme for the elective care standards proposed in the interim review of clinically-led access standards.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

From early August, 12 hospital trusts began testing the use of an average (mean) wait between being referred by a general practitioner and starting treatment for routine conditions. The testing will help the National Health Service to see whether keeping the focus on patients at all stages of their pathway can help to reduce long waits. As well as using the data from trial sites to assess whether the testing has met these criteria, there will be an evaluation of the testing which will consider the impact they have had in the following areas:

- Patient safety;

- Waiting times;

- Process change;

- Patient and public experience;

- Clinical outcomes;

- Variation in outcomes, experience and performance; and

- Staff experience.

As set out in the CRS interim report published in March, the NHS will hold a public consultation on the proposals. This will be informed by further evidence from field testing.

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