Patients can recover at home and avoid unnecessary lengthy hospital stays thanks to BCF
30th August 2016 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in Better Care Fund
Thousands of patients are benefitting from plans which mean they leave hospital in a more timely way, improving their journey of recovery and avoiding the risk of returning to hospital.
Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have been identified as the third most improved CCG when it comes to supporting the discharge patients out of hospital in a timely manner so they can continue their recovery in familiar surroundings with the right support in place.
The introduction of the plans, developed by Leicester City CCG as part of the Leicester Better Care Fund (BCF), is for patients who no longer need the complex care that the hospital provides and are ready to be released home or back into a community setting to continue their recovery with the support of other community health or social care schemes.
A unique combination of existing health and social care schemes contribute to keep delays in hospital discharge to a minimum, in a way that has never been possible before.
Joined up health and social care schemes to support timely discharge include care plans to help patients manage existing health conditions at home, community nursing to care for them at home, aids such as rails and pendant alarms to allow them to live more independently or advising on other aspects of their lives that are impacting on their health.
The £3.8bn Better Care Fund came into effect in April 2015, to support health and social care services to work more closely together so that fewer people are treated in hospital and more remain independent in their own homes.
During 2015/16 Leicester City CCG achieved an average of eight delays per 100,000 population. This was a reduction from an average of 14.3 delays per 100,000 in the previous year. In Leicester’s hospitals the delays for city patients reduced from 3.9% of all occupied beds to just 1.35% of occupied beds.
Dr Avi Prasad, Lead GP for Urgent Care and Leicester City CCG Governing Body member, said: “One of our key successes under the Better Care Fund has been our progress on delayed transfers of care. This scheme looked at patients that have to remain in hospital longer than they should because the support is not in place for them at home or they are not yet able to be transferred to another NHS setting to complete their recovery.
“I am delighted that we as a CCG are third most improved in the country for this and as a result many patients have been able to go home or into the community, following a hospital stay to continue their recovery with the most appropriate support in place.”
This achievement has been widely recognised as the most successful aspect of the Leicester City BCF programme to date, and as a result, representatives from Leicester City CCG have been invited to share experience and learning with colleagues in other areas.
Dr Prasad continued: “Staying in hospital longer than necessary can have a detrimental effect on a patient’s health. We know people make a better `recovery in their own surroundings, whether this is at home, nursing home or care home, where they feel more relaxed and have their home comforts, family, friends and familiar faces around them.”
The Leicester City Better Care Fund (BCF) is a joint fund between Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Leicester City Council, supported by local health and social care partners, and provides an integrated health and social care service.
For more information speak to your GP or log on to our website https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/find-a-service/our-services/better-care-fund/ to read about our plans under Better Care Fund.