Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the 13 acute care vanguards which aim to “link hospitals together to improve their clinical and financial viability, reducing variation in care and efficiency” | Institute of Healthcare Management
The Moorfields vanguard team has spent the past year exploring whether the longer-term sustainability of single speciality services can be strengthened by entering into a networked care partnership, and the other benefits that the model might bring.
The team was keen to understand what makes the biggest difference for patients, staff and partner organisations in getting things right first time when establishing a networked care partnership; and to identify the best way to sustain services so that specialist care can continue to be offered locally.
The team’s findings are shared in the toolkit, an online resource with evidenced-based learning that other trusts can use to evaluate whether networked care could help their smaller clinical services. It has practical advice on how organisations can establish their own network in the way for them.
The toolkit also includes recommendations on how to:
- ensure consistent quality of care at multiple sites
- ensure a sustainable workforce
- maintain effective partnerships
- develop sustainable specialist care
- provide a standardised quality of care