The AEC Directory reflects new practice and examples of AEC, and identifies emergency conditions and clinical scenarios that have the potential to be managed in an ambulatory way.

Clinical scenarios within the Directory have been reviewed and updated to ensure that they reflect current evidence and codes. It also includes potential nurse-led clinical scenarios.

The underlying principle of Ambulatory Emergency Care (AEC) is that a significant proportion of adult patients requiring emergency care can be managed safely and appropriately on the same day either without admission to a hospital bed at all, or through admission for only a few hours.

Please note that the directory is not intended as an exhaustive list, and many other conditions and co-morbidities than are specified can be managed in an ambulatory way.

AEC-Directory 6th edition February 2018.pdf


AEC COVID-19 supplement

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and working with our programme clinicians and listening to the changes that our network members have made over the last few months, we have developed a guide on AEC to support your delivery of services for patients in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

AEC Covid supplement