Wednesday, 15 May 2013

New study to improve healthcare in care homes

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In England, most long term care for older people is provided by independent care homes. These care home residents have a complex range of health and social care needs. They rely on primary healthcare services for their medical care and also for nursing, specialist services and secondary healthcare. But their access to these NHS services is inconsistent.

Recent research shows that access to healthcare is determined by local custom and practice rather than the particular needs of the care homes residents.

What is needed is better ways of working between healthcare services and providers of care which benefit care home residents, their families and the care home staff, as well as making the best use of NHS resources.

A new three year collaborative project, led by Professor Claire Goodman at the University of Hertfordshire’s Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care, will look at ways of improving the delivery of existing NHS services to care homes.

The study will look at the key features of existing health service delivery to identify methods of effective working for all care homes. This could inform future commissioning of services and be applied to influence and evaluate the delivery of optimal care.

The project is in collaboration with University of Nottingham, University of Surrey, Brunel University, City University, Kings College London and University College London. It is funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research Programme (project number 11/1021/02).

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