The future for specialists is beyond a hospital’s four walls

Publication:  Health Service Journal
Reference:  19 November 2014

In Simon Stevens’ vision for the NHS, by 2020 it will be commonplace to see hospital consultants working closely with their primary and community care colleagues in new integrated systems.

When a patient is ill, instead of going to their local GP surgery, patients would be seen by a range of health and social care professionals in what he calls 'multispecialty community providers' based around general practices or “primary and acute care systems” run by hospitals.

Today, in most – although by no means all – specialties, hospital consultants rarely work outside hospital. This is despite an increasing number of patients with complex needs who could be treated closer to their homes if the support, expertise and resources were available to do so.

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