This document published by NHS England outlines the role that Operational Delivery Networks will play in coordinating patient pathways between providers over a wide area to ensure access to specialist support from April 2013.
Operational Delivery Networks (ODNs) work closely with Strategic Clinical Networks, commissioners, providers and patients. They will cover areas such as neonatal intensive care, adult critical care, burns and trauma.
Regional specialised commissioning teams will agree with local providers who should host each ODN moving forward, and then commence consultation with staff about transfer to the new body, in line with the nationally determined service specification. CQUIN payments are confirmed as the source of transitional funding although over time the costs of these networks will be included in tariff.