Record month for CASES
GP use of CASES reached a record high last month, with more than 2,200 referrals submitted to the peer review team across seven specialties.
The number of referrals through CASES has grown steadily since the start of the pilot in August 2016, bringing the total handled to May up to 37,520.
Dr Nadeem Petkar, GP and PCS clinical lead for CASES, said: “As CASES becomes more embedded within general practice we are starting to see a tangible impact on the city’s health system - not just in terms of volume but also quality.
“Relationships between primary and secondary care continue to strengthen; where patients are referred on to secondary care, consultants are receiving much more of the information they need and much earlier in the process; GP referrers are adding to their knowledge of common conditions across the seven specialties through advice and guidance as well as learning events and educational resources, and are more confident in managing more of these conditions within primary care as a result. These are significant benefits for GPs, for patients and the system as a whole and we look forward to seeing an even greater impact as time goes on.”
Building on the impact already being seen in the current CASES specialties (Cardiology, Dermatology, Ear Nose and Throat, Gastroenterology, Gynaecology, Respiratory and Urology) we are pleased to announce plans for the addition of three further specialties: General Surgery, Haematology and Neurology.
Watch out for more updates as plans develop!