We have worked with over 100 clinicians over several months, asking them to consider what the best possible care would look like for patients across Darlington, Durham and Tees.

We asked them to look at the following hospital services:

  • Acute Medicine
  • Acute Surgery
  • Accident and Emergency
  • Critical Care
  • Acute Paediatrics, Maternity and Neonatology (services for very small babies)
  • Interventional radiology

They are also looking at care outside of hospital (“not in hospital care”) including services and support which will help reduce the number of people who require hospital care, and help people maintain independent lives in their homes or normal places of residence.

We asked clinicians not to think about individual hospitals how services should work together to deliver the standards within the resources available.

Clinicians are agreeing a set of clinical standards for these services. These include standards recommended by national experts, for example:

NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, and the Medical Royal Colleges such as Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Clinical standards cover issues like:

  • Availability of consultant staff
  • Staffing levels and availability during the day and at night or weekends
  • Numbers of patients who should be seen and treated by a service to make sure skill levels are maintained
  • Use of best practice and recommended treatments
  • Access to diagnostic tests, where required
  • Timescales for assessment by a senior clinician

To view all 700 Clinical Standards please click here.

Find out which Partners are involved in the Better Health Programme.