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July 25 2019
Innovative approach that gets

patients back into

their own homes after hospital

stay honoured - NHS England

The programme allows those in hospital to reduce their length of stay by an average of six days.

This project which aims to cut the time patients spend in hospital by promoting independence at every opportunity and preventing premature admission to care has been honoured.

Carolyne Hague was behind the programme which used NICE guidance on intermediate care, including reablement, to redesign the approach to bed based intermediate care at Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust.

The programme won the NICE into Action award at the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer’s awards ceremony in London.

The award was launched to highlight the use of NICE guidance or quality standards in practice by either individuals or teams of allied health professionals.

The judges were impressed by the significant impact of the project which included:

  • A reduction in length of stay from 20 days to 14 days
  • Increase in patients returning directly home (55% to 69%)
  • Increased staff morale and skills
  • Positive patient feedback

The intermediate care, including reablement, guideline covers referral and assessment for intermediate care and how to deliver the service.

Intermediate care is a multidisciplinary service that helps people to be as independent as possible. It provides support and rehabilitation to people at risk of hospital admission or who have been in hospital. It aims to ensure people transfer from hospital to the community in a timely way and to prevent unnecessary admissions to hospitals and residential care.

Annie Coppel, NICE associate director of field team (north) and sector lead for health, who sat on the judging panel said: “We thought the work Carolyne led demonstrated impact across the health and care system which was delivered through strong multiprofessional leadership and totally underpinned by the guideline and quality standard produced by NICE.

“With energy and enthusiasm Carolyne used quality improvement and change methodologies to put our recommendations into practice, making great improvements in patient care. The work she and her colleagues did is transferable to other trusts around the country.”

The Chief Allied Health Professions Officer’s awards aim to celebrate the significant contribution and impact of the allied health professions (AHPs) to improving health, care and wellbeing, at both a population and individual level and across the life course.

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