Health and care working together can reduce avoidable hospital admissions but it will take time
25 July 2019
- The Health Foundation have published Emergency admissions to hospital from care homes: how often and what for?
- It includes evaluations of four local sites where the NHS worked in partnership with care homes to step up the support they received as part of vanguard initiatives to improve care in care
- New analysis finds more than 4 in 10 emergency admissions to hospital from care homes could potentially be avoided through better care in the community
Responding to Emergency admissions to hospital from care homes: how often and what for? Published by the Health Foundation, the deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery said:
“We know that the NHS must do more to help people receive the care they need in the most appropriate setting and avoid unnecessary admissions to hospital.
“Avoidable admissions of people from care homes are high and put additional pressure on hospital and ambulance services. They can be distressing for older patients and often result in extended stays, potentially adding to complications and hindering their recovery.
As this briefing sets out, there has been some encouraging evidence that the work of the New Care Models programme has started to reduce emergency admissions.
“As this briefing sets out, there has been some encouraging evidence that the work of the New Care Models programme has started to reduce emergency admissions. These are encouraging findings and show the benefits of treating patients in the best setting for them, at home or supported by community services. But this will take time.
“This briefing shows that where services work together and share resources, they can reduce admissions.
“To realise the changes set out in the long term plan, health and social care must continue to work more closely together. We must urgently find a long term sustainable solution to the social care crisis so that our future health and care system supports the ageing population to live healthier and longer lives