WM ADASS Resilience Project
As the West Midlands Integration Leadership Group, senior leaders from across local government and the NHS are tackling many of the ‘system-wide’ challenges facing the region.
ADASS West Midlands has set up the Resilience Project to understand more about the factors that are contributing to the high levels of delayed transfers of care (DToC) from acute to community settings.
Delayed transfers mean that people are in a setting that is not appropriate for the care they need. This potentially contributes to worse outcomes, particularly in the context of their quality of life, as well as placing additional and sometimes costly burdens on the NHS and local government.
The work, which is being led by David Stevens and supported by IEWM Associates Jacky Edwards and Paul Johnston, seeks to:
- Establish, analyse and benchmark existing hospital discharge arrangements in the region, in the context of the changes described in the Care Act statutory guidance;
- Identify and share examples of good practice;
- Make recommendations for improvement, both locally and at a regional level;
- Facilitate a system-wide event to review the evidence and practice examples and to commit to improvement action.
Responses to an in-depth survey, completed jointly by CCG, Hospital and Social Care teams, are currently being analysed and will be shared at a joint Health & Social Care event in the autumn. This should allow local health partners to make adjustments ahead of the expected upturn in hospital pressures over the coming winter.
The analysis and event details will be added to the ADASS West Midlands website in September 2015.