The team, set up by Bath and North East Somerset PCT and the local authority, may have saved up to £36.90 per patient per week, working out at around £250,000 a year, according to a study by the University of the West of England, Bristol, and the University of Warwick.
The team prevented up to 28 admissions to nursing homes in the two-year pilot. Their support for new types of working among care home staff was able to avert between 81 and 197 hospital admissions in the same period. The scheme was set up in three council residential homes caring for 131 residents.
Study author Deidre Wild, from the University of the West of England’s faculty of nursing, said: ‘Allowing people to remain in their care homes by bringing in specialist care during episodes of illness was greatly valued by both residents and staff.’