The process to improve future NHS services for adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD) in England is underway. The process of review is managed by NHS England. We are working closely with ACHD patients, clinical staff and other relevant stakeholders as we review the services currently provided and develop standards for the future. This process will eventually lead to some hospitals in England being designated to provide ACHD care.
Developing national designation standards for ACHD services
The ACHD Advisory Group includes clinicians, professional associations and representatives from patient groups. This Group has developed a proposed network model of delivering specialist care and draft national designation standards that all hospitals wishing to provide ACHD services will have to meet in the future.
“The Somerville Foundation supports the NHS review into ACHD services. We are working closely with clinical experts on the Advisory Group to develop standards of care that will improve the lives of patients with ACHD – now and in the future. The Advisory Group has taken considerable time to amend the draft standards to reflect the views submitted during last year’s period of engagement. No decisions have yet been made. A full public consultation will take place on any proposed changes and we encourage everyone to take part in the debate. Your views are important.”
A period of engagement is currently underway. Due to the extensive feedback received during the engagement period held in summer 2012, the Advisory Group has made a number of changes to the proposed model of care and draft designation standards. We want to know what you think about the revised model of care and standards.
The revised model of care and standards can be found here.
Comments should be submitted by 10 May 2013 to Hannah Weaver:
Letter: Hannah Weaver
105 Victoria Street
If you have any questions on the process please contact Hannah on 020 7932 9128.
You can read the reports of previous engagement exercises here:
The previous version of the proposed model of care and draft standards is available here. Further information on the development of the draft national standards and proposed model of care is available in our newsletters here.
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