In addition to the Taskforce, a number of supporting workstream groups have been established - an Evidence and Analysis Group, a NHS Board Leads Group and a Remote and Rural Group. We have established working groups for two of the phase one areas - Acute Surgery and Neonates and Maternity to drive forward work on behalf of the Taskforce.
We also recognise the importance of linking to the range of national workstreams underway to deliver the 2020 vision and the quality ambitions, including the Unscheduled Care Programme and the Review of Out of hours primary care services.
Central to the success of the programme is the consensus which has been achieved on the need for sustainable seven day services. NHS Employers, Staffside and professions are engaged with the programme through representation on the Taskforce and supporting workstream groups. The membership of the Taskforce at time of publication is listed in Annex A. There has also been engagement with a wide range of stakeholders to share the vision on sustainable seven day services and seek their input and expertise to the programme.
The sections below describe our interim assessment of the phase one areas and some of the work being taken forward by the Taskforce and its sub-groups. This is followed by a summary and some proposed next steps.