Specialist knowledge is too concentrated in hospitals, to the detriment of those patients whose increasingly complex needs should be treated closer to home, a new report by The King’s Fund finds.
The report is based on detailed research with six case studies working in new ways to deliver care outside hospital. It found a pressing need to develop new roles for hospital consultants who should spend more time working outside hospitals in multidisciplinary teams with primary, community and social care colleagues. One of the strongest messages in the report is that this should include supporting and training other health and care professionals to enable them to provide more specialist services closer to people’s homes.
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