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Standards for congenital heart disease services

NHS England has launched a consultation into standards of care for children and adults with congenital heart disease.

Proposed new standards have been developed with patient representatives, children and young people, and clinical staff from specialist surgical centres and considered by an expert clinical advisory panel. They describe how services should be organised and delivered to achieve the highest quality care for patients within available resources, and they require specialist hospitals to work together to improve care.

Following consultation and agreement of the final standards, the standards of care will be written into service specifications that set out requirements of the service and form the basis of contractual arrangements between NHS England and hospitals.