‘Home First’ project shortlisted in the HSJ Partnership Awards 2020

Published: Tuesday 17th December 2019

‘Home First’ – our innovative approach to helping people return home promptly from hospital – has been shortlisted for the Workforce Innovation Award at the HSJ Partnership Awards 2020.

The national awards recognise outstanding dedication to improving healthcare. The judging panel from across the NHS and wider healthcare sector selected finalists based on their diligence, ambition and positive impact on both healthcare practitioners and patients.

The 'Home First' teams stand in a line outside Agincare HQ
The ‘Home First’ team

Helping people return home and stay at home after being in hospital

Over the past two years we’ve worked with 10 NHS Foundation Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups and Local Authorities to reduce pressure on hospitals, especially over the busy winter periods, and help people return home and stay at home after a hospital stay.

An Agincare care worker provides intense recovery, prevention or rehab support for a patient in their home for a short period once they are medically fit to be discharged. Clinicians know that patients are discharged into safe hands, and hospitals are able to free up capacity in their community beds, rapid response, reablement and interim services.

Saving partners money and bed days

Across 10 schemes from December 2017 to April 2019 ‘Home First’ supported 2,500 people who could be discharged or didn’t need to be admitted to hospital, saving partners 33,000 bed days and in the region of £10 million. And 82% of customers rated the service as ‘excellent’, and 18% as ‘good’.

Better joined-up working and a more person-centred process

Dan Steadman, Managing Director of Live-in Care at Agincare, said:

“To be shortlisted as a finalist for the Workforce Innovation Award is a mark of real achievement for Agincare. We’ve worked hard to design a solution that reduces pressures on the public sector through flexible contracts and packages of care. Word of the positive impact of ‘Home First’ has quickly spread among our health colleagues.

“The great benefit of ‘Home First’ is that we can respond rapidly, deploying our specialised care workers into any location to fill gaps in existing provision. And as demands on their services change, our partners can swiftly increase or decrease capacity.

“Often we deploy a senior member of the Agincare team to work alongside a hospital discharge team and adult social care brokerage team. This on-the-ground presence means we fully understand a situation and get to know colleagues well. It undoubtedly makes for better joined-up working and a more person-centred process.”

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan commented:

“We would like to congratulate Agincare on being nominated in the category of Workforce Innovation ahead of the HSJ Partnership Awards 2020. This year’s finalists are of an outstanding calibre and all of them are exceptionally dedicated to enhancing healthcare across the UK.”

The winners will be selected following a rigorous, “live panel” judging stage ahead of the HSJ Partnership Awards 2020 awards ceremony on 27 February.

Read the full list of finalists for the 2020 HSJ Partnership Awards.