Description of the goods or services required
NHS Wakefield CCG Direct Access Non-Obstetric Ultrasound Service
The aims of the service are to:
• Provide a local, direct access non-obstetric ultrasound service with staff qualified to appropriate levels of skill and experience.
• Provide a patient centred, seamless service initiated by one referral into it.
• Improve access to assessment, diagnostics, treatment and management of care.
• Ensure patients receive the right test at the right time and in the most clinically appropriate setting.
• Aid early diagnostics and avoid the need for unnecessary referral into secondary care.
• To ensure diagnostic tests are appropriate, necessary, clinically correct, of high quality, with timely access and test results reporting and information provided to the referring clinician.
• Enable patients and referring clinicians to access a choice of provision according to patient choice, clinical need and relevant care pathway.
• Ensure the diagnostic testing is integrated across pathways of care and that the report and/or images follow the patient and there is no unnecessary duplication of assessment or investigation.
• Work collaboratively with all providers to ensure transfer of care protocols are continually. developed and followed which ensure there are seamless pathways according to latest guidance.
• Use ultrasound equipment which complies with the guidance set by the Royal College of Radiologists
• Have connection to NHS image transfer solutions.
• Have the ability to integrate with the E-Referral system or an appropriate electronic referral system (agreed with the NHS Wakefield CCG).
• Have robust performance management systems and stringent levels of clinical governance.