NHS North Kirklees CCG has identified the need to improve support into care homes as part of the Frailty programme. We have also been looking at the learning from the care home support service evaluation undertaken by NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG and that of the Enhanced Health in Care Home Vanguards. This work has resulted in the development of an outline model of a ‘care home support service’ which includes:
- Proactive/anticipatory holistic assessments and care planning
- Good End of Life Care
- 24 Hour Telehealth
- Education – Primary Care and Care Homes
- Stream-lined medical care provided by general practice
In a bid to commission equitable, high quality care with minimal variation, and after reviewing all of the supporting evidence, NHS North Kirklees CCG engaged with GP practices, care home residents, staff, relatives / carers, and the wider public to support the development of the service.
The engagement ran for 6 weeks, from Monday 11th September to Sunday 22nd October 2017. Two surveys were designed, one for GP practices and one for care home residents, staff, relatives / carers, and the wider public. An animation was also developed by Healthwatch Kirklees to help explain the ideas being presented https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXdND3PoK5Y . The final report can be accessed here.