NHS pilot scheme to help patients in care homes

A new care home nurse scheme to help people living in residential and nursing care has been launched by the NHS in East Northamptonshire.

The aim of the pilot scheme is to work with care homes and reduce the need for hospital admissions.

Deborah Graham, who has worked in East Northamptonshire for 12 years, will visit care homes across the district.

She said: “A big part of my role is to make sure we collaborate with everyone involved in the residents’ care to improve overall health and well-being. Not only does this help avoid hospital admissions, it also helps ensure the patient receives care in their preferred place.”

Dr Glyn Williams, GP chairman for East Northamptonshire locality for Nene CCG, said: “We are delighted with the success of the care home nurse pilot in East Northamptonshire so far, and the improvements in the quality of care for some of our most vulnerable patients.

“Last year there were 531 hospital admissions from care homes in the district at a cost of £1.4m. Of these, 11 per cent were patients at the end of their life, transferred from the care home to hospital. National research shows that about 70 per cent of patients would prefer to die at home but the reality is that 60 per cent of patients are still dying in hospital. Since the role started in May, we have ensured that 13 patients at the end of their life were able to pass away in the comfort of familiar surroundings and according to their wishes, rather than being transported to hospital.”