Following the publication of the Socio-economic inequalities in access to planned hospital care report in May 2021, the Midlands Decision Support Network are working on a follow-up report to support local systems to address these systematic inequalities. The follow-up project aims to answers 4 questions:
- What would equality of access look like?
- What strategies and interventions might STPs/ICSs adopt to reduce inequalities?
- How might an STP/ICS decide which strategies to adopt?
- How might an STP/ICS monitor the impact of its strategies?
We will do this by:
- Estimating, for each STP/ICS and deprivation group, how many additional or fewer planned care admissions would be required to deliver equity
- Describe and categorise the various strategies that the STP/ICS might adopt, for example:
- waiting list prioritisation
- decision coaches
- minimising DNAs and cancellations
- improving hospital accessibility
- improving the quality of conversation between patients and GP/Consultant
- enhanced monitoring and board reporting
- Set out a framework that STPs/ICSs might use to select the strategies they wish to adopt and how this approach might be implemented
- Identify and define metrics that STPs/ICSs might use to monitor whether their strategies to reduce planned care inequalities are having an effect
Strategies to reduce health inequalities in planned hospital care
For further information about this work, please email Steven Wyatt.Contact Steven Wyatt
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