Planned care is often known as elective care. People on a planned care pathway are likely to start their journey with a visit to a health professional in primary care, most commonly their GP. Together they will make a decision about possible options and discuss whether a referral to another service is needed. This may include whether having a diagnostic test such as a scan or x-ray is indicated.
When a referral is made, the appointment may take place in a hospital setting but there are also a number of planned care providers in the community. Pathways for planned care may take place on an urgent or routine basis but not as an emergency.
There are lots of specialities that come under the remit of planned care including:
- Ear, nose and throat.
- Respiratory medicine.
- Trauma and orthopaedics.
The planned care team are responsible for commissioning the planned care services in your area. We work closely with our providers, GP members and people who live in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to understand what they want from services and how this can be delivered in a cost effective way.
We also work closely with our providers to ensure that constitutional standards outlined by the Department of Health are monitored and improved if necessary.