A project involving 1,500 residents of South Gloucestershire care homes has been shortlisted for a national award recognising innovation in healthcare.
The ‘Enhanced care in care homes’ project aims to reduce the number of residents needing emergency admission to local hospitals, by providing more specialist support in care homes.
The CCG has worked with care homes, community services provider Sirona, Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership, and local GPs and pharmacists deliver the enhanced medical and mental health care service.
Total emergency admissions from South Gloucestershire’s care homes fell by 1.8% in April – October 2015, compared with an increase of 7% for all emergency admissions in the same period.
The cost of residents’ emergency admissions also fell, indicating that they were presenting less severe cases to our hospitals.
The entries are being judged by the Health Service Journal for its national Value in Healthcare awards and the winner will be announced in late May.