HiSLAC

An evaluation of the impact of High-Intensity Specialist-Led Acute Care (HiSLAC) on emergency admissions to NHS hospitals at weekends.

Rolling News

  • HiSLAC health economics modelling begins

    We are pleased to announce that we have now started constructing our health economics model to examine the cost-effectiveness and budget impact of HiSLAC. We will provide updates as this work stream progresses.

  • NHS IQ Delivering NHS Services Seven Days a Week event

    The HiSLAC project team were invited to exhibit at the NHS Improving Quality, delivering services, seven days a week event in London. Delegates were given an insight into the work of the early adopters from the Seven Day Services Improvement Programme.

  • HiSLAC Project surveys specialists to determine intensity of specialist care

    The HiSLAC Project have undertaken a national staff-level Point Prevalence Survey (PPS) directed at consultants and associate specialists to determine the ‘dose’ of specialists providing direct clinical care during two 12 hour periods on a Sunday and a Wednesday in June.

The HiSLAC project is funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR-HS&DR Programme Commissioned call 12/128: Organisation & delivery of 24/7 healthcare).

HiSLAC will evaluate a key component of NHS England's policy drive for 7-day services: the intensity of specialist-led care of emergency medical admissions, with a particular focus on weekend provision. This research is important for patients and for NHS strategy because it offers a unique opportunity to evaluate the impact of the transition to seven-day working, and to understand factors likely to impede or enhance the effectiveness of this change in practice.

In addition to examining the impact on patient-centred outcomes, the project will also undertake a health economics analysis of the impact of increasing specialist provision across the NHS in order to deliver the vision set out by the NHS Services Seven Days a Week Forum. HiSLAC will therefore provide useful information across the NHS about the cost-effectiveness of investing in consultant and other specialist staffing in implementing the drive to 7-day service provision.

The decision on award of funding was made in September 2013 and the project launched in February 2014. This website will be updated over the coming weeks and months as the project progresses.

Due to recent bed pressures patients are often sent from the Acute Medical Unit to the wards without a consultant review, and in some cases without a registrar review.

On the wards it is 'pot luck' whether the patient is seen by a consultant the following day or a few days down the line.

Once the patient is identified under the correct team it depends on which day a consultant does their ward rounds, which means a delay up to 5-6 days.

The patient was an outlier; no one knew the patient and wanted to take any responsibility.

- Reflections of a Foundation Year 1 trainee, January 2013

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