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Establishing sustainable services and improving patient experience.

Planned care services refer to health care such as surgery which is scheduled in advance. Scheduled or planned care includes booking outpatient consultations and treatments as well as diagnostic tests.  

The planned care programme has been set up to support health boards to improve patient experience by sharing good practice and creating sustainable pathways of care.

What we want to achieve:

  • reduction in referral to treatment waiting times through actively managing capacity and demand
  • reduction in the number of patient to consultant visits by supporting GPs to manage people in the community
  • reduction in the variability of practices across NHS services in Wales by identifying and sharing areas of good practice, captured in the programme implementation plans.

We have established a programme board with representation from various critical delivery areas. The programme board is supported and led by:

  • Planned care programme Chairman - Chris White, Chief Operating Officer, Cwm Taf University Health Board
  • Planned care clinical lead - Peter Lewis, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.

Speciality boards

We have also established 4 clinically led specialty boards to share good practice and identify variation across services. These are:

  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Ear Nose and Throat
  • Urology.

The speciality boards will report against the actions included in the speciality implementation plans.

For further information please contact: PlannedCareProgramme@Wales.GSI.Gov.UK