Putting this guideline into practice

Phased implementation and relation to other national initiatives

This guideline has a wide scope and covers a large number of points in the emergency and acute care pathway. Putting the recommendations into practice will take time, with additional infrastructure and training needed in some areas. In the meantime, services should implement what they can of the guideline, using currently available infrastructure and taking account of local priorities such as those identified by the sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) between the NHS and local councils, and relevant national initiatives such as NHS England's seven day services clinical standards.

For more advice and information on implementation see:

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)