Care homes are a critical partner in reducing avoidable admissions

NHS England has urged care homes to come to commissioners with solutions not problems. “Care homes are a critical partner. Service specifications developed in partnership with providers give a better result,” said Emily Wighton, national care home senior manager at NHSE enhanced health in care home team.

Speaking on the opening day of Health + Care 2018, Ms Wighton said that the NHSE enhanced health in care homes vanguard project offers opportunities for all care homes to reduce avoidable admissions and improve resident care.  NHS England resources to support care homes are available online.

“Just because you are not a vanguard, this does not mean you can’t participate,” she said.

Elements of the enhanced health in care homes project included integrated multidisciplinary teams and and red bag hospital transfer schemes and key factors in success included person-centred care, bold leadership and a shared vision.

By the end of the project, vanguard participants saw a 1.4 per cent reduction in emergency admissions and a 4.5 per cent decrease in bed days. Key factors include good quality primary care, effective MDT and rehabilitation and reablement. “There is not one change that makes a difference. Success requires a coordinated approach,” Ms Wighton said.  

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