One of the various strategies the NHS uses to ensure that patients receive the proper care at the appropriate location and time is same-day emergency care (SDEC). By lowering wait times and hospital admissions, where necessary, it seeks to improve both patient care and the healthcare system as a whole.
For emergency patients who would otherwise be admitted to the hospital, SDEC is the provision of same-day care. Patients who appear at the hospital with relevant conditions can be swiftly evaluated, diagnosed, and treated without being admitted to a ward under this care model, and if it's clinically safe to do so, they can leave the hospital and go home the same day their care is provided.
Patients can be referred to SDEC treatment through different routes, including:
Some of the many types of SDEC treatment include:
The ambitions from the NHS Long Term Plan note that all hospitals with a 24 hour ED (type 1) will:
Doctors with experience in Emergency Care, Acute/Internal Medicine or General Medicine can apply for positions within SDEC. You will have the opportunity to manage a range of acute medical problems and to develop your clinical leadership within these areas. This includes developing SDEC specific clinical pathways to complement those already in operation (suspected deep venous thrombosis, low risk chest pain).
You will be expected to manage patients as part of a wider team comprised of senior Advanced Nurse Practioners, GP with Specialist Interest, supported by dedicated nursing staff.
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