Who is the programme for?
While the programme primarily focuses on acute trusts, mental health and community healthcare services are also in scope. We have already started our engagement with these groups and we are in the process of developing the programme of work.
Our support offer
We have identified 51 acute trusts who will receive intensive support to improve their overseas visitor processes. As part of this support we will be looking to:
- develop best practice models
- achieve 95% of the potential additional identified income from overseas visitors
- maximise identification of European Economic Area patients who have either a European Health Insurance Card (for emergency) or S2 (for planned care)
- introduce the use of data funnelling techniques to systematically identify overseas chargeable patients
- increase the collection of invoiced income to reduce debt levels
- develop metrics for inclusion in Model Hospital to allow trusts to benchmark their performances
It is of paramount importance that the Overseas Visitor Charging Regulations are implemented as intended, with immediately necessary or urgent treatment neither delayed nor denied, and protections in place for the most vulnerable.
This is a work-in-progress — we will include further resources to support the wider sector which offer the benefits from our learning. This will include examples of best practice, resources for mental health and community, case studies and videos.