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The NHS e-Referral Service (e-RS) allows referrals to be made to named consultant-led teams through the "Named Clinician functionality". It also allows referrals to generic (or pooled) services to which multiple clinicians are assigned.
Patients can choose to be referred to a named consultant-led team or there may be genuine clinical reasons why a referrer may recommend referral to a specific clinical team. These include:
- referral to a consultant-led team known to have a particular specialist or sub-specialist interest in the patient’s condition
- referral back to a consultant-led team which previously managed a patient
- following an advice and guidance request where the patient has chosen to see the clinician that has provided the advice and guidance response