The National Network for Burn Care recognises the need for national guidance aimed at ensuring patients are referred to a burn care service which has the relevant level of expertise and specialised resources to optimise treatment and recovery.
National Burn Care Referral Guidance has therefore been developed, describing the most clinically appropriate level of specialised burn care service for treating burn injuries of varying severities. It answers the question of “What types of burn injuries need referral to which level of specialised burn care?”
The guidance has been developed through the National Network for Burn Care, an NHS body that includes representation from the 4 Burn Care Networks for England & Wales, NHS Specialised Commissioners, Patient Representatives and the British Burn Association. The development of the guidance was informed by an expert multidisciplinary group and comments from other stakeholders. The guidance is based on the general principals’ outlined in the National Burn Care Review (2001) but now replaces the referral guidance contained within it.