Transformation of frail and elderly care
Large Midlands Acute NHS Trust
The aim of the project was to improve quality and performance across frail elderly services and the frail elderly pathway, whilst shifting care from an acute to a community environment.
A service strategy for frail elderly care was produced in conjunction with key stakeholders, communicated simply through a “strategy on a page”, highlighting key aims of shifting care to the community whilst improving acute care quality.
What we did
- Rapid access elderly care clinics, through consultant job review, supporting admission avoidance
- Nurse-led falls clinics and community IV therapy provision
- Launch of a dementia steering group and specialist dementia nurses
- Implementation of an early supportive discharge service and discharge “clearing house”
- Joint geriatric/ psychiatry clinics for holistic cognitive assessment and treatment of elderly patients
- The strategy and implementation were supported through reviewed governance, workforce and performance structures
- Improved patient experience sustained at over 91% for all elderly care wards
- Rapid access to specialist elderly assessment and treatment, reducing falls and adverse incidents
- Reduction in average length of stay by around 7 day
- Reduction in unnecessary A&E attendances and admissions
- 10% reduction in occupied bed days
- 5% increase in monthly discharges
- 30% reduction in nursing spend due to reduced sickness and cover required
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