Surrey Heartlands has been awarded an additional £37,000 by NHS England to help us achieve the framework for Enhanced Health in Care Homes.

This programme involves care providers working with GPs, community staff, hospitals, social care, individuals and their families, and wider public services to deliver care in people’s homes as well as care homes. Services are ‘wrapped around’ the individual and their family who are connected to and supported by their local community.

The programme has three key aims:

  • To make sure care homes are providing high-quality care;
  • To make sure individuals are able to get the care they need in the place of their choosing; and
  • To make sure we make the best use of resources by reducing unnecessary trips to hospitals, hospital admissions, and bed days while ensuring the best care for residents.

In Surrey Heartlands the funding will help us provide more training for care home staff, support other initiatives such as social prescribing and put in place additional interventions to help prevent hospital admissions particularly during the winter.

One care home initiative already being rolled out across Surrey Heartlands is our new Care Home Advice Line. Care Home staff can call the number and get advice quickly that will help them decide whether a cause for concern can be dealt with simply by them or if they need a greater intervention, perhaps a GP visit or an ambulance to hospital.

We have also launched a short film that explains how the service is helping to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions for local care home residents.  You can watch it here.