Urgent and emergency care networks

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Part of The NHS five year forward view

Under this new care model outlined in the NHS five year forward view, the urgent and emergency care system will be simplified to provide better integration between A&E departments and other services that provide and support urgent treatments. Changes include the development of hospital networks with access to specialist centres, new partnership options for smaller hospitals and greater use of pharmacists and out-of-hours GP services.

There will be further freedoms for nurses, midwives and ambulance teams, and strengthened clinical triage and advice services to help patients navigate the whole system more successfully.