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NHS Improvement worked with clinical teams across health and social care to find examples of equality of treatment and outcome regardless of the day of the week.
This guide and case studies give examples ofservice delivery models that are being used across the NHS to deliver clinical services outside the standard working hours and across the weekend period, in many instances.
The service delivery models described respond to service, patient or carer demand and provide benefitsfor both patients,staff and carers. There are three emerging principlesthat could be used to categorise the models being adopted under the following headings:
1. Admission prevention
Servicesthat are designed to care for patientsin their usual place of residence during times of poor health or mental illness.
2. Early diagnosis and intervention
No delay sin assessment, diagnostics and treatment leading to an earlier diagnosis and intervention.
3. Early supported discharge
Patients returning home once they are able to be supported in their own home by services.