East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust has been named as the organisation with the highest response rate to this year’s HiSLAC survey.

An amazing 95 per cent of consultants and associate specialists in the Trust took the time to complete the 2017 Point Prevalence Survey. The short questionnaire is designed to help researchers capture nation-wide trends in weekend-weekday specialist intensity and admission mortality.

The HiSLAC (High-Intensity Specialist Led Acute Care) study aims to determine whether having more specialists in hospitals at weekends will improve outcomes for patients admitted as medical emergencies.

Prof Phillip Smith, the Trust’s Associate Director of Research and Development explained: “We identified the HiSLAC project as a priority because it is of national relevance and it provided us a way of engaging with our staff to promote our research culture.”

He added: “Achieving a 95% response rate for consultants is a fantastic indicator that our staff embrace our research vision which is to “offer research opportunity for patients and all staff””.

Since the survey began, in 2014, researchers have gathered evidence from more than 80 per cent of acute Trusts in England.

Dr Cassie Aldridge, HiSLAC Project Manager said: “HiSLAC is an independent, professionally-led study which will evaluate a key component of NHS England's policy drive for 7-day services so it is vital that we are able to gather as much data as possible to form an accurate snapshot of how specialist intensity is changing over time.

“We’re delighted that East and North Hertfordshire really got behind the survey, we’d like to thank everyone there – and the other NHS Trusts across England – for their support.”

HiSLAC Tweets


HiSLAC PI Prof Julian Bion features in this month's @TheDrMagazine in his role as Freedom to Speak up Guardian… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…


"The search for the cause of the #weekendeffect clearly needs to include community services...it is the whole patie… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…


Read HiSLAC PI, Prof Julian Bion's editorial, "Weekend effect: complex metric for a complex pathway"… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…


Merry Christmas from all the HiSLAC team!

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