Friday, 15 November 2013

Caring for the elderly: providing care at home

Providing care, especially for the elderly, will become more of an issue: 
Futures Forum: Population and migration: care for the elderly
Futures Forum: Jobs and services: caring for the elderly

The NHS Trust for the area, the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust,
[to be reformulated: see: Futures Forum: How will the proposed changes to the NHS affect healthcare in Sidmouth?]
produced the following report last year:

Transforming care across northern and eastern Devon

A series of initiatives across the Trust, from Axminster to Ilfracombe and Holsworthy to Exmouth, are helping patients benefit from care closer to home.

Although each is tailored to local conditions, the underlying themes are the same: Providing people with the right care, in the right place and at the right time.
Wherever possible, that means going into people's own homes with a range of support that cuts across health, social care and independent services.

Care closer to home
Where: Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, Axminster and Sidmouth
This project is about ensuring that patients can be cared for as near as possible to their own home: in a community hospital rather than the RD&E, and at home rather than in a community hospital.
A single point of access via a ‘red phone’ can be used by GPs and other professionals to trigger a two-hour response by nursing and occupational therapy staff to assess patients. Further staff were recruited to increase capacity in summer 2012.
As a result, home adaptations and domiciliary services can be lined up very quickly to support people outside hospital, speeding up and avoiding admissions.In parallel, the aim is to create a much stronger ‘rehab culture’ in the community hospitals, with a training programme for ward-based nurses being rolled out in spring 2012, the development of therapy-led beds, direct discharge home rather than via intermediate care, and plans for more rehab work at home.
The Sidmouth single point of access commenced in May 2012. From the first 17 patients referred, 16 were assessed within two hours; 16 admissions were avoided.


The same Trust has initiated a campaign:
"to recognise staff who have gone above and beyond the call of duty."

Nominate your healthcare hero for 2013

Friday, November 15, 2013 
The search is on to find East Devon’s Healthcare Hero for 2013.
For the second consecutive year the Sidmouth Herald is running the Healthcare Hero Awards in conjunction with the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, to recognise staff who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
Herald readers are invited to nominate any member of the trust’s staff - no matter what their job role - who they feel deserves to be recognised and rewarded.
Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust managed all the community hospitals in East Devon and its community nursing and therapy teams care for people in their own homes throughout the area.
Jac Kelly, the trust’s chief executive, said: “Our staff care passionately about our patients’ health and wellbeing and do a huge amount of excellent unsung work, whether in a hospital, in a health centre or when visiting people in their own home. We receive many letters, emails and phone calls each week from patients and their families, which highlight the positive impact our staff have had on their lives. While this makes me very proud, I want to make sure our unsung heroes are recognised and honoured officially for going the extra mile. The Healthcare Hero Awards give us the perfect opportunity to do this.”
The trust has about 4,500 employees across Devon and all are eligible for nomination, including nurses, doctors, healthcare assistants, therapists and support staff such as cleaners, porters and administrators.
Mrs Kelly added: “We value all our staff and appreciate the commitment they make to provide the best possible care to the people of East Devon and elsewhere in the county. Please come forward and help us find that special member of staff who will be our Healthcare Hero for 2013.”
The public are being asked to email or write to the Herald with their stories of how the trust’s staff have provided exceptional care and support to them and their families.
Send nominations to reporter Katy Griffin at katy.griffin@archant.co.uk or write to: Sidmouth Herald, Fair Oak Close, Exeter Airport Business Park, Clyst Honiton EX5 2UL. The deadline for nominations is midnight on Tuesday, December 31.
Nominate your healthcare hero for 2013 - News - Sidmouth Herald

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