HiSLAC Project surveys specialists to determine intensity of specialist care
The HiSLAC project aims to examine the impact of consultants and associate specialists on reducing the mortality associated with weekend admission to hospital, as part of the evaluation of seven-day services. The main objective of Phase 1 of the study is to map the intensity of specialist-led care across Trusts in England.
On June 19th 2014 the project launched an England-wide point prevalence survey of specialist involvement in emergency admissions. All consultants and associate specialists from all specialities in 119 acute Trusts across England were invited to complete a very short web-based survey to determine the number of specialists physically present and providing care for emergency admissions on Sunday June 15th and the following Wednesday 18th.
Almost 16,000 consultant and associate specialists completed the survey, representing just under half of the specialist workforce at participating Trusts. The survey was endorsed by NHS England, The NHS Confederation, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, NHS Improving Quality, The College of Emergency Medicine, The Society of Acute Medicine, The Royal College of Physicians, The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, The Royal College of Anaesthetists.
Data from the survey will be triangulated with data from other sources to develop a picture of the intensity of specialist care at weekends.