The aim of establishing ICASS in Fife was to transform community services by bringing together uni-disciplinary teams to utilise fully resources available in line with demand, and to coordinate care through a single point of access (SPOA). It contributes to our commitment to ensure the closer integration of the range of community services under one system.
It aims to improve quality of care and outcomes for older people whilst allowing them to remain independent within their own homes or communities, provides alternatives to hospital admission, reduces the number requiring long term institutional care, reduces length of stay for those who require a hospital admission. It aims to address the following:
Moving from an inpatient model of care to a robust community based model of care involving older people and their carers and families in care planning
Bringing together teams to make more efficient use of resources to meet the needs/demands of the increasingly elderly population
To provide a single point of access
To provide alternatives to hospital admission
To reduce length of stay if an admission is necessary
To provide assessment and care in the person’s own home or a homely setting
To achieve and sustain maximum potential and independence; and
To reduce numbers going into long term institutional care.
The need to challenge current service delivery and to identify areas of improvement to support earlier discharge from inpatient setting to patients own home/homely setting.
This project aimed to test a new model of community based Allied Health Professional (AHP) provision in the Teviot Locality. The service is designed to support: earlier discharge from acute settings for stroke and fractured neck of femur patients; earlier discharge from community in-patient beds and the avoidance of unnecessary admissions and re-admissions for patients who require physiotherapy and/or occupational therapy intervention.