Investment to make improvements in the community equipment store to ensure systems are in place to provide outcome focused assessment and the provision of an effective equipment service – This is recognised as the responsibility of all care groups and services as a means of complementing other service provision, interventions and supporting overall service delivery e.g. facilitating hospital discharge. The Joint Equipment Store was working at full capacity to accommodate the increasing numbers of equipment requests and increasing costs as we strived to support more people in their own homes.
The aims of this project are to support the independent sector to embrace the challenges and opportunities in transforming support for older people as required by the Reshaping Care for Older People (RCOP) agenda. The project will seek to identify how providers can shape their delivery of care and support to meet local RCOP joint strategic commissioning plans and deliver improved outcomes for older people. This project will develop practical strategies/tools based on the needs and experiences of providers and share them with the wider independent sector. Selected independent providers will be closely involved participants throughout the project.
The principles behind Reshaping Care emphasise the need for effective partnership working across all sectors involved in supporting older people. The independent sector is a major provider of health and social care services across Scotland. The appointment of a Development Officer was intended to achieve the following aims:
Ensure the sector were fully informed, engaged with, and represented in relation to the Reshaping Care agenda.
Identify and encourage relevant workforce development opportunities for the sector which will support the principles of continuous change and improvement.
Promote key Reshaping Care themes amongst the sector and their role in contributing towards these e.g. falls prevention, infection control, end of life care, dementia, medications, anticipatory and preventative care
To research the Social Return on Investment (SROI) of Stage 3 Housing Adaptations and Very Sheltered Housing. SROI is a stakeholder-informed cost-benefit analysis that uses a broader understanding of value for money. It assigns values to social and environmental outcomes as well as to economic outcomes.
Stage 3 adaptations are modifications to a property to reduce a disabling effect on the tenant, and suit the changing needs of the tenant. Very Sheltered Housing (also termed “Extra Care Housing”) provides enhanced staff cover and additional welfare checks compared to other forms of non-Care Home housing for older and disabled people.
Information Services Division (ISD) was keen to further develop the Scottish Patients at Risk of Readmission and Admission (SPARRA) tool to identify patients who may benefit from a more anticipatory approach to their care; planning for events or exacerbations to reduce the risk of emergency hospital admission.
SPARRA is a tool which predicts a patient’s risk of emergency admission; a patient with a SPARRA score of 50% has a one in two chance of being admitted to hospital in the following year.