Successful Bexley care scheme shortlisted for award
Members of the partnership delivering Bexley’s successful Discharge to Assess scheme are celebrating their shortlisting for a national award by the prestigious Health Services Journal.
D2A – as it’s known for short - is an innovative and collaborative approach to patient care which sees health and adult social care professionals work together to help people to return home sooner from hospital. Patients who don’t require a hospital bed, but may still need care services, are discharged with a full care package. An assessment of their long-term health and social care needs is made in their home after they have been discharged.
“Lots of other local authorities have introduced D2A, but we were the first to apply the approach to all patients over 18 who are admitted to hospital, even in the most complex cases when patients may require 24 hour care,” said Cllr Brad Smith, the Council’s Cabinet member for Adults Services. “We were also one of the first to have a full interim care package in place before any patient is discharged, so I am delighted that the success of our partnership work is being recognised.”
Bexley Care - the local partnership between the Council and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust - is playing an important role in the scheme. D2A is one of a range of ways it is working to provide more joined up care and support, to help people remain independent for longer and reduce hospital admissions.
D2A began as a pilot in one ward of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, in September 2016. Based on statistics at the start of May 2017 it had led to 343 people being discharged at least 72 hours earlier than they would have been.
Since its launch, the success of the scheme has led to its being rolled out to all wards at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Woolwich, Darent Valley Hospital and the Princess Royal University Hospital.
The D2A approach to patient care in Bexley is a partnership project involving the Council, with the engagement and support of NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust and Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
The winners of the award will be announced on 22 November, following a further round of judging.