health in care homes is realistically achievable in any area of
England. A history of joint working between relevant organisations –
NHS, care homes and local authorities – is useful but not essential and,
in some cases, significant results can be visible within a few months.
report is based on interviews with people in 15 areas around England
that could demonstrate progress in developing enhanced health in care
Better ways of measuring
impact, including effects on care quality and quality of life, are
needed. Care home residents should be involved in defining what ‘good’
co-ordination of care looks like.
in leadership roles need to constantly reinforce equal partnerships and
avoid historical patterns of making decisions without consulting care
homes, accepting lower access to health care for care home residents, or
assuming that care home staff need additional training to enable
co-ordinated care, but NHS staff do not.
health in care homes requires skilled leadership. Networks and
communities of practice are essential to support leaders at all levels
and share learning.
More clarity is
needed on expectations for access to health care for care home
residents; resourcing enhanced health in care homes and understanding
return on investment; and appropriate use of public funds to support
training and information systems in independent care homes.
The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.
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