7 Day Services

Hospital Trusts around the country are facing the challenge of introducing 7 day services. Respiratory colleagues are often at the forefront of developing new and innovative solutions to ensure that patients receieve respiratory care of the highest standard.  

BTS supports the development of 7 day services for respiratory patients provided these are appropriately resourced. To prevent any further negative impact on the medical workforce it is important that such new service developments are properly planned and not imposed on existing working patterns.  It is especially important that key support services and related professions are also fully involved in the delivery of 7 day services. 

The development of redesigned respiratory services provides an opportunity to introduce modified job plans that will improve the job satisfaction for both senior and more junior consultants - and to maximise the benefits to patient service provision from the more experienced medical workforce.

The Society is aware of the potential for a detrimental effect on the content of specialty training through the focus on a consultant led service and would encourage those developing such services to ensure that attention is given to this issue. 

In addition to information and resources available through NHS England and RCP London, BTS has worked with members to produce a number of case studies.

Case Studies for download  

Dr Paul Stockton & Dr Simon Twite  - St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospital NHS Trust

Dr Justine Hadcroft  - Royal Liverpool University Hospital 

Dr Saif Khalid  - Royal Blackburn Hospital 

Useful links:

Information on clinical standards and priority standards as well as videos on the delivery of 7 day services.
NHSI: https://improvement.nhs.uk/resources/seven-day-services/

Case studies on the clinical standards of 7 day services
NHSE: https://www.england.nhs.uk/seven-day-hospital-services/resources/

RCP London Future Hospital Programme:
https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/outputs/your-stories-7-day-services

RCP Later careers: Stemming the drain of expertise and skills from the profession
https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/outputs/later-careers-stemming-drain-expertise-and-skills-profession