Neurological Conditions is a new area of improvement for clinical networks. Where previously there had been the National Service Framework (NSF) and a number of quality indicators that featured in the Outcomes Framework, there is little within the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCGs) strategic and operational plans regarding neurology services. The joint approach of working through networks and creating local clinical leadership to affect change, it is hoped, will lead to a step-change in services for those diagnosed with a long term neurological condition.
The NHS Five Year Forward View offers an opportunity to reform and improve community care for people living with long-term neurological conditions. With over 12 million cases, this has major implications for those who commission and provide services for them.
Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) has launched a new commissioning brief for local commissioners, to help them to improve the services provided in community settings to people diagnosed with a long-term neurological condition.
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The report was produced as part of a collaborative project between the Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network (SCN), Sue Ryder, Southampton and Royal Holloway London Universities, Windsor Ascot and Maidenhead Clinical Commissioning Group, Neural Pathways (UK), and the Neurological Alliance.
Commenting on the report, David Bateman, former NHS England National Clinical Director for Neurology said “The guidance set out in this document is clear, accurate and well researched to allow successful commissioning of these services. Much evidence shows that planned, organised and integrated care is cheaper with better outcomes”.
Led by Dr Zam Cader the Neurology network is establishing from a community of interest to create a more defined network.
Integrated Neurology Services
Headache Services including the development of a headache pathway