Home is where the health is

4th July 2018

By Professor Sir Jonathan Asbridge

Healthcare at Home have convened The Out of Hospital Care Forum on the back of the success of last year’s 2,000 Days Project.  As systems are moving towards a more integrated set up, our aim was to bring together a group of senior leaders across the health sector to discuss a key tenet of this: population health.

Both the group and I were very keen to ensure patients reside at the heart of this system. We know how confusing, and often frightening, navigating the health and social care system can be. Integrated care aims to remove some of this confusion by giving people key contacts along their treatment journey.

Our first paper is a practical guide for system leaders on how bringing care into the community can assist with managing population health and, in turn, lower costs. Our group consists of members from the private, public, social care, and health technology sectors. The paper we have produced is a culmination of our thoughts and experiences.

We have used the lens of the frail elderly person to describe the steps a system needs to take to prepare for integration. However, the changes illustrated can be used for any long-term condition, including cancer.

A system leader should use this paper as a practical ‘how to’ guide to prepare their services for integration. It includes sections on system structure, including the role of the commissioner, and a handy checklist which helps with evaluating where a system currently lies on this journey.

Download the paper to see where your system is in terms of integration and read the case studies for examples of best practice.

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