A newly appointed care home matron aims to help cut care home hospital admissions by 10% in North Staffordshire.
Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have appointed Tracey Shewan on a 12-month project to work with 20 homes in the region.
Tracey Shewan, director of nursing and quality at Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire CCGs, said: “The new role of care home matron will be an important step in ensuring that elderly patients living in care homes in Stoke and North Staffordshire receive the safe and high quality healthcare they deserve.
“We are hoping to achieve at least a 10% reduction in attendance and admissions to hospital over the course of the year and will be asking care homes to give us feedback on the effectiveness of the support and education they have received.“
Tracey role will involve supporting staff and improving care practice and the health of care home residents.
Her work will include working with carers to prevent pressure ulcers, falls and urinary tract infections in care home residents with catheters.
She will also help carers develop the use of forward care planning to ensure residents’ end of life wishes are met.
An audit of Royal Stoke Hospital admissions has revealed that half could have been prevented by early intervention.
Tracey added: “Emergency admissions to hospital are very distressing, so reducing these with a better awareness of the appropriate care will keep people well and out of hospital, offering people a better experience and cutting the demand on our urgent care services.”