In 2011 the Scottish Government published the document, The Reshaping Care for Older People: A Programme for Change 2011-2021. It outlined the policy goal of “optimise the independence and wellbeing of older people at home, or in a homely setting. This will involve a substantial shift in focus of care from institutional setting to care at home – because it is what people want and provides better value for money.”
The Health and Social Care delivery plan of December 2016 set a target to reduce unscheduled bed-days in hospital care by up to 10 percent (i.e. by as many as 400,000 bed-days), by reducing delayed discharges, avoidable admissions and inappropriately long stays in hospital.
Intermediate Care services offer alternatives to emergency inpatient admission and deliver person centred outcomes for people whilst improving whole systems flow.
This programme of work aims to support Health and Social Care Partnerships to understand and maximise the impact and effectiveness of their intermediate care and reablement services. These services offer alternatives to emergency inpatient care, support timely discharge from hospital, promote recovery and return to independence, and prevent premature admission to long-term residential care.
This programme is currently in the design phase with the exact focus being agreed over the first half of the financial year 2016-17.
NHS boards and Health and Social Care Partnerships.
Benefits of programme
To optimise the independence and wellbeing of older people at home, or in a homely setting.
Lianne McInally, Improvement Advisor