Falls Prevention Nurses lead collaborative falls service improvement with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

NHS England | October 2018 | Falls Prevention Nurses lead collaborative falls service improvement with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

The Falls Prevention Nurses at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust (BDCFT) have led change by working in partnership and collaboratively on falls prevention with the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS). They  identified unwarranted variation and missed opportunities to enhance their falls prevention work. Which led them to begin offering falls awareness training for WYFRS, supporting them to start providing falls prevention advice and information to their service users as part of their day to day work and linking with their ‘Safe and Well’ strategy (Source: NHS England)

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Helping to address delayed discharges

A new specialist service in South London is bringing together housing, clinicians and discharge teams to work with patients whose housing problems are delaying their discharge from hospital | NHS Confederation

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This briefing reports on a a new specialist service based in Croydon, South London. The service  supports patients to move on from hospital to either supported living, the private rented sector, council properties or hostel accommodation. They are helped to access funding, legal advice, benefits and other services.

Insecure housing is often cited as reason for patients being admitted to hospital. The Crisp report (2016) found that 16 per cent of patients on acute wards were delayed discharges, and that 49 per cent of these patients could not be discharged due to a lack of suitable housing. In response to this, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust commissioned a new specialist service to be based within Bethlem Royal Hospital to work alongside clinicians and the current discharge team.

Since launching in February 2017, more than 200 patients in Croydon have been supported with housing, which has allowed them to leave hospital quicker.

Full briefing: Helping to address delayed discharges in South London: the HAWK/SLaM service