Welcome to Operational Delivery Networks

Welcome to the Operational Delivery Networks website for:

  • Northern Burn Care ODN
  • South Yorkshire Major Trauma ODN
  • North Trent Adult Critical Care ODN

‘ODN’ and ‘Network’ are one and the same and may be used interchangeably throughout this website.

We have developed the website to provide useful information for clinicians working within the above ODNs such as Network clinical policies and guidelines; information on training and education; the work of the Network Groups; articles; useful links and much more.   Useful patient information is also provided to support their recovery and rehabilitation such as exercise videos, links to support groups etc.

The website will continue to evolve and I hope the information is of use to all who visit us on the website.

What is an Operational Delivery Network?

The cross-organisational and clinical multi-professional working, described above, requires a whole system collaborative provision approach to ensuring the delivery of safe and effective services across the patient pathway. This model of provision is referred to as a clinical network.

Clinical Networks are widely recognised as an effective model to improve the standards of healthcare for defined groups of patients based on patient flows. These non-statutory organisations are designed to deliver a collaborative model of care to improve the experience and outcomes for specific groups of patients based on regional and local needs.  Regional Major Trauma Networks went live across England in April 2012 in accordance with NHS England policy ‘The Way Forward – Operational Delivery Networks’ (2012).   Trauma Networks operate as ODNs defined in the National Service Specification. The South Yorkshire Major Trauma Network was established in 2012 and currently operates as an Operational Delivery Network (ODN) within the new NHS.

What do Operational Delivery Networks Do?

Operational Delivery Networks (ODNs) were launched in April 2013 following the publication of the NHS England strategy to sustain and develop clinical networks, Developing Operational Delivery Networks: The Way Forward.ODNs will focus on coordinating patient pathways between providers over a wide geographical area to ensure access to specialist resources and expertise.

ODNs will ensure outcomes and quality standards are improved and evidence based networked patient pathways are agreed. They focus on supporting the activity of Provider Hospitals/Trusts in service delivery, improvement and delivery of a commissioned pathway, with a key focus on the quality and equity of access to service provision. This allows for more local determination, innovation and efficiency across the pathway.  ODNs support the delivery of ‘Right Care’ principles by incentivising a system to manage the right patient in the right place.

            Patient Outcomes

Overall Outcomes for ODNs are aligned to NHS England’s National Outcomes Framework Domains and Indicators:

  • Preventing people from dying prematurely
  • Enhancing quality of life for people with long term conditions as a result of major trauma
  • Helping people to recover following a major trauma injury
  • Ensuring people have a positive experience of care
  • Treating and caring for people in a safe environment and protecting term from avoidable harm

In order to achieve and improve the above national outcomes on a regional basis ODNs will respond to need through national, regional and local determination, depending on the identified challenge for example, a local critical care bed crisis or a large scale mass incident. An ODN will:

  • Ensure effective clinical flows through the provider system through clinical collaboration for networked provision of services
  • Take a whole system collaborative provision approach to ensuring the delivery of safe and effective services across the patient pathway, adding value for all its stakeholders
  • Improve cross-organisational multi-professional clinical engagement to improve pathways of care
  • Enable the development of consistent provider guidance and improved service standards, ensuring a consistent patient and family experience
  • Focus on quality and effectiveness through facilitation of comparative benchmarking and auditing of services, through the national clinical audit with implementation of required improvements
  • Fulfil a key role in assuring providers and commissioners of all aspects of quality as well as coordinating provider resources to secure the best outcomes for patients across wide geographic areas
  • Support capacity planning and activity monitoring with collaborative forecasting of demand, and matching of demand and supply

Benefits for Patients

At a Network regional level these outcomes and benefits translate to improving outcomes, productivity and increasing efficiency through:

  • Stronger collaborative networked provision of services
  • Maintained and/or improved patient outcomes and quality of care and, where appropriate, to standardise care through the national clinical audit
  • New approaches associated with new hosts
  • Increased opportunities for risk sharing between providers
  • Opportunities to more accurately cost out the pathways of care and the utilisation of resources more efficiently
  • Opportunity to move to a ‘prime contracting focus’ (ie a single contract for a pathway of care over several providers)
  • More effective utilisation of contract levers for commissioners
  • Increased speed of adoption of innovation
  • Rapid learning and development
  • Improved system resilience, including major incident planning