Health and Social Care Consultancy Services
Evidence shows that services can improve people’s independence and quality of life, with a significant reduction in the need for a homecare package for many people. These benefits have also been shown, in some cases, to last for at least 2 years. The important focus is to ensure that the service is fully embedded and operates as cost-effectively as possible if the maximum benefits are to be realised for the person involved, the provider and the commissioner.
These have been shown to benefit many people either as stand-alone services or in conjunction with a range of other services. Appropriate admission avoidance has clear immediate benefits for the people involved and reduces the chances of their subsequent admission to long-term residential care. Telecare, when used appropriately, can provide a greater understanding of a person’s needs, as well as assisting them to remain at home longer. Both of these need to be thoughtfully implemented and managed.
Policy is shifting to facilitate closer working between health and social care services to improve outcomes for people using services. This focus requires the establishment and effective operation of a wider range of re-abling services to support people post-discharge from hospital and to prevent inappropriate admissions.
Although the role and scope for long-term residential care is changing, the need for quality provision will continue as part of the range of services available to people. Other forms of support, like Extra Care, have and will continue to evolve as new models are developed. All of these need a clear focus and to operate cost effectively, if they are to be a sustainable component of future care and support provision.
Health providers continue to need to find more effective ways of delivering services if they are to remain viable. Additionally, public sector providers need to develop their role, in partnership with others, to minimise delayed transfers of care as part of the wider re-ablement agenda to appropriately support people post-discharge and to avoid hospital admissions if they are to deliver the improvements required whether that be through improved joined-up working or integration.
GERALD PILKINGTON ASSOCIATES offer project management, interim management or a consultancy role to suit the nature of the work and our client’s needs.
We work closely with a range of other associates, each of whom has specialist knowledge and skills across the health and social care arena.
Health & Social Care Papers
We have a number of papers on a range of health and social care subjects, including:
- The Cost-Effectiveness of Homecare Re-ablement
- The Non-Financial benefits of Homecare Re-ablement
- Outsourcing Services
- The Cost-Effectiveness of Extra Care
For more information, see Health & Social Care papers