Reviewing Hyperbaric Oxygen Services

Closed 16 Mar 2018

Opened 15 Jan 2018

Overview

NHS England is consulting on Reviewing Hyperbaric Oxygen Services.

Please note, the closing date for this consultation has been extended to 16 March 2018.

NHS England is responsible for planning and buying a national HBOT service as part of the portfolio of specialised commissioning. HBOT is the delivery of oxygen at a pressure greater than normal (greater than 100 kPa) so that a higher level of oxygen can be dissolved in the patient's blood plasma. This takes place within a treatment chamber which may accommodate one or more patients and attendant staff.

It is the only treatment available for decompression illness, a condition that divers are at risk of developing.  Divers with suspected decompression illness need urgent access to HBOT.

It also has some other applications in treating a range of injuries, however there is not conclusive evidence of the efficacy of these applications, and the evidence for these are currently under review through the NHS England policy process.

NHS England believes that this service is currently over provided, at an unnecessary cost to tax payers, and therefore propose to reduce the number of commissioned providers from ten to eight.

Audiences

  • GPs
  • Nurses
  • Health visitors
  • Clinicians
  • Managers
  • Commissioners
  • Directors of public health
  • Pharmacists
  • Doctors
  • Midwives
  • Health care assistants
  • Healthcare scientists
  • Paramedics
  • Dentists
  • Art therapists
  • Drama therapists
  • Music therapists
  • Chiropodists/podiatrists
  • Dietitians
  • Occupation therapists
  • Orthotists
  • Orthopists
  • Prosthesists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Diagnostic radiographers
  • Therapeutic radiographers
  • Speech and language therapists
  • Childcare providers
  • Allied health professionals
  • Care-givers
  • Ophthalmic practitioners
  • Responsible officers
  • Clinical psychologists
  • Paediatric neuropsychologists
  • GP Practices
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Practice managers
  • Receptionists
  • Dental surgeons
  • Neonatal and maternity staff
  • Oncologists
  • Referrers to PET CT
  • Radiologists
  • General Practice Nurses
  • Foundation trusts
  • Mental health trusts
  • Community healthcare trusts
  • Tribunal service
  • Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)
  • Commissioning support units (CSUs)
  • Strategic clinical networks (SCNs)
  • GP Practices
  • Primary care
  • Clinical Reference Groups (CRGs)
  • Care Quality Commission
  • Health Education England
  • Health Protection Agency
  • Local Government Association
  • Monitor
  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
  • Health and Wellbeing boards
  • Healthwatch (national and local)
  • Health and Social Care Information Centre
  • NHS Trust Development Authority
  • Local Involvement Networks
  • NHS England Partnership Organisations
  • Department of Health
  • National directors
  • Regional directors
  • Area Team directors
  • All NHS England Staff
  • All P&I staff
  • Policy leads
  • Organisational Change and Programme Delivery Team
  • All TCO staff
  • Internal staff only
  • West Midlands DCO staff
  • Voluntary groups
  • Community groups
  • Charities
  • Advocacy or support organisations
  • DH third sector strategic partners
  • Patient groups
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Academic/professional institutions
  • Employer representatives
  • Employee representatives
  • Trade unions
  • Deaneries
  • Higher education institutions
  • Royal Colleges
  • Service providers
  • All interested stakeholders
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Staff and organisations across the health system
  • Patients and the public
  • New Care Models
  • Quality Surveillance Groups
  • Independent sector nental health providers
  • All NHS Staff
  • Local authorities
  • Social care providers
  • Event attendees
  • Patients
  • Carers
  • Service users
  • Retailers
  • Suppliers
  • Information providers
  • Information professionals
  • Informatics professionals

Interests

  • Specialised commissioning