Agincare’s partnership with Solent NHS began in February 2017. This innovative project was set up to reduce the number of long-term patients stranded in hospital after becoming medically fit for discharge.
It offers two distinct services, managed by Agincare’s Project Lead Martin O’Jeda;
1) A bridging service aimed at reducing the number of Delayed Transfers of Care (DTOC). Whenever patients are ready for discharge but local care providers lack the capacity to take them on, carers from Agincare now look after them until the local providers have the required capacity
2) A further project followed providing a wrap-around service for intense support to people in the community requiring therapy following an acute episode. This involved working with the local council’s reablement team and NHS community teams
Martin and the 22 staff were acknowledged in December 2018 with Agincare receiving a ‘Best Partners in Care’ award from the Chairman of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.
“Both these projects have been immensely successful and have led to a reduction of 25% in the number of stranded patients. They are delivering outstanding outcomes for Portsmouth people and NHS Solent, helping to establish proof of concept for a long term sustainable model. Well done to all involved – truly impactful partnership working!”
(Martin Ross, Partnerships & Projects Director, Agincare).