New Funding: Clear Waiting Lists

Published: 2nd December 2020
New central funding to clear NHS referral backlogs means freeing your clinicians to concentrate on this winter’s challenges. 18 Week Support and Consultant Connect are working together to clear backlogs at pace using our tried and tested Referral Assessment and Insourcing models. Join our free webinar...

You may have seen the recent announcement that funding is available via NHSE’s increased capacity framework until March 2021 and services can also be sourced by direct award via the SBS framework. This presents an opportunity to reduce your waiting lists across a range of specialties. However, we are aware that many trusts will still struggle with freeing in-hospital capacity during this difficult time.

Consultant Connect and 18 Week Support have come together to offer an end-to-end solution to help clear waiting lists in a wide variety of specialties. This work is eligible under the funded frameworks. If you prefer, Consultant Connect’s Referral Backlog Triage or 18 Week Support’s services can be booked separately.

Consultant Connect offers referral assessment and triage services, enabling waiting lists to be prioritised quickly (and enabling 20 – 25% of patients to be discharged with advice and guidance). For those patients that do require hospital diagnostics and treatment, 18 Week Support can offer full pathway services which include outpatient, pre-assessment, diagnostics, and day surgery. Please view the diagram below:


To find out more contact us and/ or join our free practical webinar: “How NHS hospitals can clear waiting list backlogs at pace” – 16 December 2020, 1-1.45pm.

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What we do

Consultant Connect offers Referral Backlog Triage for 17 specialties using their National Consultant Network. This referral assessment service can be delivered within 5 working days of go-ahead and is will manage highly volumes quickly (e.g. 3,450 referrals reviewed in 3 weeks). All results are captured and communicated via e-RS. Read our FAQs.  We also provide Enhanced Advice & Guidance services to the NHS covering 29 million patients.

18 Week Support are the largest clinical insourcing provider in the UK, working with 65+ NHS Trusts across 95+ hospitals, seeing approximately 150,000+ patients per annum in a range of specialties. 18 Week Support have significant clinical capacity (circa 1,500 staff) and are able to mobilise quickly and efficiently within 3 weeks.



If you have any questions or would like to discuss how this service could work for your trust email or call us on 01865 261467.


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