Planned care pathways

Planned care pathways

As commissioners of healthcare, we regularly review the clinical pathways taken by patients from initial symptoms, through to diagnosis, treatment and after care to ensure that they are:

  • meeting the needs of patients
  • meeting the current demand on services
  • inclusive of up-to-date treatments and guidance
  • providing the best clinical outcomes, and
  • providing value for public monies

Our priorities for planned care are:

  • Introduce new and improved pathways for joint care (musculoskeletal), skin care (dermatology), ear nose and throat, heart care (cardiology) and gynaecology. These improvements will see more care delivered in the community, closer to home. 
  • Extend our new pathway for eye care to help identify patients with suspected cataracts, Wet Age-Related Macular degeneration (AMD) and glaucoma in the community so they can then be referred on to specialist services for treatment.
  • Review pathways for respiratory care (including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder and asthma), to look at how we can improve care

We’ve been working with our membership practices and clinical leads to identify those pathways most in need of review, in line with the needs of our population and our commissioning intentions.

Please email contactus.surreydownsccg@nhs.net if you’d like to share your experiences.

We have recently finished working with patients, carers and clinicians to review:

  • musculoskeletal (including rheumatology and pain management)
  • ophthalmology, and
  • cardiology (including heart failure)

We are now putting together implementation plans to ensure that the feedback given is fed into the future development of these services. We will publish details on this page as soon as they are available. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to participate.

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