As the healthcare industry evolves, so do the contracts and services provided by healthcare networks. One such service is the Network Contract Directed Enhanced Service (DES), which has been updated for the 2020/21 period.
The DES is a contract between healthcare networks and the National Health Service (NHS) that provides additional funding for healthcare services beyond the core contract. This additional funding allows for the creation of enhanced services that address specific healthcare needs in a particular area.
The updated DES for the 2020/21 period includes a series of changes that are intended to improve patient outcomes and support healthcare providers. One of the most notable changes is the addition of a new service for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
This new service requires healthcare networks to provide an annual review for patients with COPD, which includes assessing their symptoms, reviewing their medication, and providing support for smoking cessation. The new service is designed to improve the quality of care for patients with COPD and reduce the number of hospital admissions related to the condition.
Another change to the DES for the 2020/21 period is the addition of a service for patients with severe mental illness. This service requires healthcare networks to offer an annual physical health review for patients with severe mental illness, which includes identifying any physical health needs and providing support for lifestyle changes.
Additionally, the updated DES includes changes to existing services, such as the NHS Health Check service. This service provides a free health check for adult patients, which includes a review of their cardiovascular health, diabetes risk, and lifestyle factors such as smoking and physical activity.
The updated DES requires healthcare networks to provide structured follow-up care for patients who have been identified as at risk for cardiovascular disease or diabetes. This follow-up care includes support for lifestyle changes and medication management, as well as monitoring for any complications related to these conditions.
The Network Contract Directed Enhanced Service is an essential tool for healthcare networks to provide enhanced services that meet the specific needs of their patients. The updated DES for the 2020/21 period includes important changes that are intended to improve patient outcomes, support healthcare providers, and promote better overall health for communities. As the healthcare industry continues to evolve, it is essential that healthcare networks stay up to date with the latest contracts and services to ensure the best possible care for patients.