Recovering the elective care backlog: working together to meet the challenge
6.2 million people are currently on the waiting list for elective care, and the scale of the challenge that the NHS faces to reduce this backlog cannot be underestimated. Whilst positive steps have been taken to boost the number of patients having surgery, the key question remains: how can we work together to recover the backlog?
Launching at Future Surgery 2022, Mölnlycke’s Recovering Elective Care White Paper attempts to tackle this question and put forward actionable solutions. The White Paper was developed after Mölnlycke gathered expert leaders from across the NHS, think tanks, and professional organisations in a discussion to help rethink the way we deliver elective care, using innovative solutions to promote efficiency without sacrificing patient safety.
This session will bring together influential stakeholders to discuss the potential solutions to tackling the elective care backlog. The expert panel will outline the research contained in the White Paper, and present their recommendations for reducing the backlog, such as increasing day surgery units and promoting shared decision-making across the patient pathway. The panel will also discuss considerations for further research, and how government and health policymakers can implement these innovations in trusts to streamline processes, in a thought-provoking discussion on the future of elective care.