Stevens: NHS is preparing second-wave ‘escalation plans’ but will enact them ‘as late as possible’

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  • Sir Simon Stevens says it’s the right time for local leaders to revisit their covid escalation plans
  • NHS will leave it “as late as possible” to implement escaltion plans, in order to protect routine services
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NHS leaders are preparing escalation plans for a potential “second wave” of coronavirus, but will continue seeking to restore non-covid care until “as late as possible”, Sir Simon Stevens told an HSJ event today.

The NHS England chief executive said: “The action for NHS leaders locally at the moment is to take a look at the escalation plans deployed during the first wave of covid [and to] kick the tyres on those….

“[They need to] put all of that together and say, ‘what does the second wave escalation plan look like under different scenarios’.

“We obviously want to leave it as late as possible to minimise the impact on other services. The extent to which they are impacted will be a function of the overall level of coronavirus across the population.”

During the first wave, dramatic changes were made to local services, including mass suspensions of non-urgent services, significant numbers of staff being redeployed to critical care wards, and major reconfigurations of care pathways and between different facilities.

 

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Source: HSJ

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Date: 25 September 2020