On Wednesday 27 November the RCP launched its Future Hospital Programme at parliament. This followed the September publishing of the RCP’s Future Hospital Commission report, Future Hospital: caring for medical patients.
Future hospital: caring for medical patients sets out the Commission’s vision for hospital services structured around the needs of patients. The Commission’s recommendations take examples of existing innovative, patient-centred services to develop a comprehensive model of hospital care that meets the needs of patients, now and in the future.
Future hospital: caring for medical patients focuses on the care of acutely ill medical patients, the organisation of medical services, and the role of physicians and doctors in training across the medical specialities in England and Wales. However, people’s needs are often complex, and hospital services must be organised to respond to all aspects of physical health (including multiple acute and chronic conditions), mental health and well-being, and social and support needs. The model of care proposed by the Future Hospital Commission is underpinned by the principle that hospitals must be designed around the needs of patients.
The briefing set out the recommendations of the report, and updated parliamentarians and stakeholders from other health organisations on the implementation programme. This includes working with individual hospitals to develop and implement a new way of delivering hospital care for medical patients as outlined in Future Hospital: caring for medical patients. It will initially be a three year programme from 2014 to 2017, and includes the launch of a new Future Hospital journal in April 2014.
More details on the report, launch and programme can be found on the RCP website.