In March 2010 the Spinal Taskforce produced its first report, (DH Gateway Ref.138852) aimed at supporting commissioners in the delivery of high quality spinal services while also meeting the 18 week referral to treatment waiting time (RTT) target. The decision by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh in April 2011, to support this new piece of work by the Spinal Taskforce has enabled it to formulate advice aimed at guiding the NHS and the new NHS Commissioning Board in the creation of nationally coordinated specialised commissioning for specialist spinal services and to guide local commissioners in managing the more common spinal problems.
The purpose of the Review is to identify the current provision and future need for specialised and non-specialised spinal surgery and to identify where current practice is at odds with published guidance. It will identify the geographical variation in current service provision and the inequalities of access to specialised surgery including a review of recommended models of service provision. The report contains an overview of national level data and the appendices include four SHA Cluster Profiles highlighting key data such as waiting times.
Chair of the Spinal Taskforce
Emeritus Consultant Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgeon
British Orthopaedic Association