SCIE press release

Tackling avoidable A&E admissions

21 November 2013

Going to A&E is a traumatic experience – especially for older people. And it’s expensive. So it’s particularly important the CQC has focused on avoidable hospital admissions in their latest State of Care report.

Responding to the issues raised in the report, Lord Michael Bichard, SCIE executive chair, said:

“SCIE’s evidence shows that more effective joint working between community-based health and care services can reduce unnecessary hospital admissions.  Our Social Care TV film on Wandsworth Community Wards show how their multi-disciplinary teams proactively manage the care and support of people with long term conditions in the community to reduce the need for emergency admissions.

“We also know that good infection control, management of hydration and nutrition, and the involvement of falls prevention services can help to reduce the need for hospital treatment for care home residents, as well as those living in their own homes.

“There are examples of good integrated working out there - but we know it can be challenging.  That’s why we have developed Integration: step by step, an online tool which that helps care and health organisations tackle the barriers to effective joint working. Our facilitators can work alongside organisations to identify and tackle the challenges they are facing.”


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