Where there is a need for national planning of a service, the NHSS National Planning Board will oversee it. It may be a recommendation that has arisen from a review of current services or a National Planning commission. Entirely new services are also sometimes set up.
The Board may commission a portfolio group to take this forward, or they may establish a short life planning group.
Some of the considerations for the group will include:
- the service need based on the population
- what service, if any, is currently available
- what the new service might need to include e.g. diagnostics, interventions, follow up
- what the pathway would be
- the workforce needed to deliver the service, including any special skills
- any building and equipment requirements
- any technology needed
- what other services might be needed nearby
- the evidence for clinical benefit