A social enterprise providing nurse-led care and therapy in Lancashire has decreased patient length of stay at a nearby trust through a pilot scheme which focusses on continuing care assessment at home.
Community interest company Spiral Health said that over its 16-week trial it delivered 198 points of contact in patients’ own homes, which resulted in freeing up 255 bed spaces at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust.
The company said this was equivalent to the hospital saving £70,000. In addition, it said it had saved £50,000 over the same period at its own centres, where it also implemented the pilot.
Nurses at Spiral Health’s three units in Bispham, Rossall and Preston have between them more than 50 beds and provide clinical and emotional support to mainly older patients following discharge from hospital.
“We know that bed-blocking is a core issue for many acute wards… Sprial Health aims to reduce that pressure”
The organisation’s new scheme, Therapy At Home, focuses on individual care assessment for people in their own homes so that treatment and physiotherapy can be targeted according to their day to day tasks.
Spiral Health said this approach meant patients were more able to manage the transition back into the community than with a standard discharge, and were less likely to be re-admitted.
Spiral Health chief executive Tracey Bush said: “We know that bed-blocking is a core issue for many acute wards and part of the original plan for Spiral Health was to reduce that pressure by offering nurse led therapy in a dedicated unit.
“What Therapy At Home offers is that, when it’s right for the patient and their needs, it can ensure they recuperate and become stronger after treatment but also become more confident in moving around the home and their local community.”
Based on the pilot’s success, the organisation hopes to extend the pilot to Fylde.