Manage Local Demand using the National Consultant Network (NCN)
Advice & Guidance:
Supporting Local Services
The National Consultant Network comprises out-of-area NHS consultants who can answer pre-referral Advice & Guidance calls or review photos. The consultants can act as a backup for local teams and provide locally unavailable specialties.
If you are short of staff, the National Consultant Network (NCN) can be switched on in just 24-48 hours. It can also be switched off that quick when it’s no longer needed.
74% of calls to the NCN have avoided an unnecessary admission or referral.
The NCN for Elective Care operates
Please note: Some specialties are offered at extended hours. For more information email email@example.com or call us on 01865 261 467.
- Cardiology (and ECG/Echo image analysis)
- COVID-19 Line
- Dermatology (and image review)
- Diabetes and Endocrinology (and podiatry image review)
- Elderly Care
- E.N.T (and image review)
- General Medicine
- Haematology (and image review)
- Ophthalmology (and image review)
- Renal Medicine
- Respiratory Medicine
- Stroke Medicine (messaging only)
- Trauma & Orthopaedics (and image review)
The NCN for Mental Health operates
The NCN for Mental Health comprises fully trained and accredited NHS Psychiatrists, Pharmacists and Nurse Prescribers that will answer medication/prescribing Advice & Guidance calls.
Medication advice lines:
Our medication advice lines cover all age groups and support with:
- Medication reviews
- Potential interactions between drugs and side effects
- Supporting primary care prescribing
- Confirming NICE guidance
Prioritise Waiting Lists
Recent example: 3,450 referral triages completed within 3 weeks
It’s the same network of consultants we launched over 2 years ago, which currently supports more than 50 NHS trusts with their capacity to deliver Advice & Guidance.