In July 2012 NHS England published The Way Forward: Strategic Clinical Networks; and subsequently, in December 21, Developing Operational Delivery Networks: The Way Forward.
Operational Delivery Networks (ODNs) cover areas such as paediatric critical care, surgery in children, neonatal intensive care and are focused on coordinating patient pathways between providers over a wide area to ensure access to specialist support. ODNs will need to work closely with Strategic Clinical Networks, commissioners, providers and patients.
This is a great opportunity to improve outcomes for patients across the country for some complex and specialist areas of care. Through the implementation of ODNS, patients will see the benefits of consistent standards of care and the use of the very latest evidence and technology to improve their lives.