Planned Care

Planned Care includes a wide range of Elective services, such as Cardiology, Urology, Ear Nose and Throat right through to Eye care. Planned care usually takes place as a result of an agreed referral from a health care professional, such as your local GP or nurse to a specialist clinician.

November 2018 saw the launch of the Northern 100 day challenge. The Doncaster 100 day programme of work continued to support the most appropriate pathways of care within Ophthalmology, Spinal and Fibromyalgia.

Due to the success of the launch it was agreed to expand upon the 100 day programme of work across primary, secondary and community care.

During 2019-20, we worked with a wide range of organisations, patients and members of the public, supported by Healthwatch Doncaster to focus on key areas of health and care. A number of additional pathways were implemented to provide care closer to people’s homes as recommended within the NHS’s Long Term Plan.

In 2019, 14 priority specialties were identified and a cross organisational group established to develop a clinically led and patient centred approach to reducing follow ups and where appropriate delivering them in an alternative way to suit the patients’ needs and care arrangements.  Clinical guidelines and protocols have been developed to reduce variation across clinicians.

Throughout 2020, alternative approaches to follow up appointments, such as patient led follow-up, non-face to face and alternative care settings have been agreed at specialty level. There is a clear implementation plan to support delivery and robust governance arrangements. Work in this area is ongoing and patient consultation is a large area of concentration to ensure that patient care and experience is our primary focus throughout.

Ongoing work throughout 2020 will see further enhancement of pathways and services within primary, secondary and community care.

In addition to launching new services, we are continuously reviewing current services to ensure they are fit for purpose and offering a positive and qualitative patient experience.  This may include developing guidelines for general practice staff to ensure prior to your referral you are as fit and well as is possible, prior to any procedure or operation you may need.

Further work streams are taking place across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw (SYB) to ensure that patients are seen within an appropriate time frame for their condition with a provider of their choice.  This work will continue in to 2021 to ensure that patients are given access to the services they need when they need them.

South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw Integrated Care System are also coming together to look at implementing other work streams throughout 2020-21. These include:

  • First Contact Practitioner Services – Ensuring that patients see the most appropriately skilled health care professional, in a primary care setting where possible, as their first point of contact.
  • Development of an Elective Care Hub, ensuring choice is offered at appropriate points in a patient’s care pathway, while continuously applying consistent approaches to ensure equity of access across the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw region. This also includes the use of Independent Sector Providers, ensuring that we manage capacity and demand in the best way, giving patients access to the best care within a shorter time frame at a location of their choice (where possible).
  • Digital streams of work including: Telephone and Video consultations, Advice and Guidance and Remote Monitoring, utilising digital technology to ensure that GP’s and patients have direct access to specialist advice and information in a more convenient setting (where appropriate).

This page will continue to be updated with new and additional information so please keep checking on this page for further updates.