Care Home Vanguard evaluation report published

The year-long evaluation of the Connecting Care Enhanced Health in Care Home Vanguard has now been published.

Conducted across 10 care homes which were part of the phase one cohort, the evaluation covers a total of 659 available beds, and focuses on collecting both quantitative and qualitative data to answer key questions about the vanguard, including:

  • Is care more coordinated and seamless?
  • Has the vanguard reduced the demand on secondary care from care homes?
  • Which elements of the intervention have had the greatest impact and could they be replicated elsewhere?

Headline findings

The evaluation highlights that there are encouraging signs that the vanguard is reducing demand on secondary care from care homes. Headline findings include:

  • Total bed days in the phase one cohort have fallen by 28% compared to the baseline, and by 22% compared to the control group
  • Ambulance call-outs specifically for falls have seen a 27% reduction in activity. It can be suggested that the work of the MDT, who carried out over 200 falls risk assessments on high risk individuals, contributed to this reduction.
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