Hospitals in Staffordshire have been nominated for a Care of Older People award for their efforts to keep care home residents out of hospital.
A partnership of Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust and North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been shortlisted for a Nursing Times ‘Care of Older People’ award.
The partnership aims to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions by supporting, encouraging and educating care home staff on key clinical issues, providing timely clinical reviews and promoting proactive care in partnership with GPs and community services.
Hospital admissions from care homes taking part in the programme have been cut by a quarter since the scheme’s introduction in April 2015, the Leek Post & Times reports.
Clinical lead for the project James Rushton, clinical nurse associate based within North Staffordshire CCG, said: “The project has been designed and implemented based upon the information provided by local care home staff as they wanted to improve the experience of care for residents, avoiding admission wherever possible is crucial as care home residents have better outcomes and quality of life if they can avoid going into hospital.”