Operational Delivery Networks (ODNs) were established in April 2013, following the publication of the NHS England Strategy ‘Developing Operational Delivery Networks: The Way Forward’. They cover specialised services which span geographical areas where patient pathways often flow across a number of service interdependencies and organisations. ODNs focus on coordinating these pathways between providers to ensure consistent, equitable access to specialist resources and expertise.
In Greater Manchester an ODN has been established incorporating adult critical care, and major trauma services. The host organisation for the ODN is Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. Provider organisations that deliver ODN services within Greater Manchester are collectively responsible for delivery of the ODN functions in partnership with the host organisation.