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Department of Health’s two-year evaluation on the effects of implementing enhanced recovery

2011 September 2
by webmaster


Next week Dr Ann Driver (NHS Improvement Director) will be presenting at the UK Conference on Enhanced Recovery. Ahead of her presentation, Emma Dashfield (Communication Manager at NHS Improvement) provides us with an update on her recent work, and some valuable links to enhanced recovery resources.

Enter Emma…….

Anne Driver and Dr Alan Nye (Clinical Advisor for Elective Care at the Department of Health) recently spoke to GP Magazine in respect to the Department of Health’s (DH) two year evaluation on the effects of implementing enhanced recovery and its principles. The article explains how length of stay for the patient in hospital has reduced by 25% over the course of the 2 year DH project.

Click here to access the GP Magazine article which further explains the effects to GPs and the benefits to patients by implementing enhanced recovery techniques.

To further raise the raise the profile and build the clinical evidence of ensuring patients are fit for surgery, given best surgical care and receive best post-operative rehabilitation Dr Ann Driver also recently spoke to the HSJ (August 2011) on  ‘How enhanced recovery is transforming surgical care pathways’.  Click here to see this article (subscription may be required).

Further information on the work behind the enhanced recovery programme which also contains a whole range of case studies successfully implementing the enhanced recovery methodology and principles to surgical pathways and to access the enhanced recovery toolkit can be found on the NHS Improvement website.

Recent reported success stories across England have been on the positive effects to the patients length of stay and experience in implementing the enhanced recovery principles along the breast surgical pathway in the delivery of major breast surgery (excluding reconstruction). NHS Improvement working in partnership with clinical teams in 72 NHS Acute sites across England (within 13 clinical spread networks) and supported by  the British Association of Day Surgery and Breakthrough Breast Cancer; tested the hypothesis that the streamlining of the breast surgical pathway could reduce unnecessary lengths of stay by 50%, by managing the patients expectations, changing clinical practice and ensuring that the pathway is efficient, without the loss to quality, safety and patient outcomes.

To access the case studies please click on the following link: Delivering major breast surgery as a day case or a one night stay (excluding reconstruction) case studies

Also soon to be available on the NHS Improvement website is a range of seven day working principle case studies across different patient’s pathways in order to improve quality, outcomes and contribute to reduced length of stay in hospital. For further information go to

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