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Sustainability and Seven Day Services Taskforce Interim Report

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Defining seven day services

Building on the vision set out, there has been substantial discussion in the Taskforce and its supporting groups about what is meant by a sustainable, seven day service. We have agreed the following as a definition of seven day services.

"The aim of the Sustainability and Seven Day Services Programme is to ensure that people requiring healthcare have timely access to high quality, person-centred, safe and effective care when they need it, regardless of the time or day of the week, and on a basis which is sustainable in the long term. Achieving sustainability and seven day services will require a whole system approach. This will focus on:

  • Ensuring that all patients requiring clinically urgent or emergency healthcare have timely access to an appropriate clinical team who can determine and deliver their care.
  • Ensuring that all such patients have access to appropriate investigations and tests when they are required.
  • Ensuring that all patients have continuity of care including the capacity to be discharged and supported in their discharge from hospital seven days per week.
  • Achieving the best possible outcomes and experience for patients by using available resources in a sustainable manner."