Enhanced health in care homes: Learning from experiences so far: Summary

Enhanced health in care homes is realistically achievable in any area of England. A history of joint working between relevant organisations – NHS, care homes and local authorities – is useful but not essential and, in some cases, significant results can be visible within a few months.

This report is based on interviews with people in 15 areas around England that could demonstrate progress in developing enhanced health in care homes.

Better ways of measuring impact, including effects on care quality and quality of life, are needed. Care home residents should be involved in defining what ‘good’ co-ordination of care looks like.

Those in leadership roles need to constantly reinforce equal partnerships and avoid historical patterns of making decisions without consulting care homes, accepting lower access to health care for care home residents, or assuming that care home staff need additional training to enable co-ordinated care, but NHS staff do not.

Enhanced health in care homes requires skilled leadership. Networks and communities of practice are essential to support leaders at all levels and share learning.

More clarity is needed on expectations for access to health care for care home residents; resourcing enhanced health in care homes and understanding return on investment; and appropriate use of public funds to support training and information systems in independent care homes.

Published : 29th November 2017*

Publisher : The King's Fund  [ More From This Publisher ]

Rights : The King's Fund

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