Healthier Together

Key Facts

The aim of Healthier Together is to improve standards across all hospitals in Greater Manchester. Senior doctors and nurses have developed nearly 500 standards that describe how the care in A&E, Acute Medicine and General Surgery should be delivered. None of our hospitals meet all of these standards now.

Senior doctors and nurses have designed the model of care to ensure that the standards can be met in all our hospitals.  

Some examples of the standards are given below with the current number of Trusts attaining these standards shown.

 

clock.pngThe Healthier Together standard is for a consultant to be present in A&E for a minimum of 12 hours per day 7 days per week. In Greater Manchester, 3 out of 8 Trusts currently meet this standard. Healthier Together wants to upgrade consultant presence in all A&Es to 12 hours, some to 16 hours and some to 24 hours.

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For high risk general surgery operations, a consultant surgeon and consultant anaesthetist should be present. In Greater Manchester, 3 out of 8 Trusts currently meet this standard. Healthier Together wants to invest in consultants to ensure that very ill patients are treated by specialists.

 

3060.pngPatients with a life or limb threatening emergency who need a surgical assessment should be assessed within 30 minutes of being referred. Patients who need a routine surgical assessment should be assessed within 60 minutes or referral. In Greater Manchester, 1 out of 8 Trusts currently meet this standard. Healthier Together wants to invest in consultants to ensure that emergency patients can be assessed by a specialist when they need it.

 

bed.pngEvidence shows that patients undergoing emergency general surgery who have access to an intensive care bed following surgery have a better chance of survival and reduced risk of long term complications. In Greater Manchester, 4 out of 8 Trusts currently meet this standard. Healthier Together wants to ensure that there is an intensive care bed for all patients who need it.

 

12hours.pngNational and Healthier Together standards are for a consultant to be present in the Acute Medical Unit for 12 hours per day 7 days per week. In Greater Manchester, 5 of 8 Trusts currently meet this standard. Healthier Together wants to invest in consultants to ensure that very ill patients are treated by specialists.


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