A Sheffield health scheme has been chosen by the NHS to speed up the introduction of seven-day services.
The Right First Time programme – a partnership between GPs, hospitals, mental and community health teams, the council and charities – aims to get more patients closer to home, as well as improving standards at weekends.
The programme is one of 13 from across the country chosen by Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England’s medical director, as an ‘early adopter’ for seven-day care, under the health service’s Improving Quality drive.
Kevan Taylor, chief executive of Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust and lead for Right First Time, said: “We are delighted to have our work to date recognised and look forward to the opportunity of sharing good practice with other organisations.
“Already important improvements are being made – for example an additional investment in community nursing last year means we can now offer the same level of service at the weekend as Monday to Friday.”
Dr David Throssell, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals’ medical director, said weekend ward rounds have been introduced and therapists now provide a seven-day service.
Dr Zac McMurray, clinical director at NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It is essential a move to seven-day working continues to be driven by all our clinical teams who look after patients on a daily basis.”