‘Home First’ improves support for inpatients returning home

Date: 15 November 2016

Home First team
Members of the 'Home First' team

Medway Maritime Hospital has changed the way it supports patients leaving hospital. Home First will ensure that every patient who has completed their hospital treatment and is medically fit, but still requires additional support at home, will be able to return home safely and with the right support in place.

Once a patient is assessed as medically fit to leave hospital, staff will discharge the patient by calling the Home First team. To support their return home, each patient will be given a home assessment within two hours of their discharge. This will include a personal care plan for their therapy, goals, carer provision and any equipment they require.

Project lead Lisa Sladden of Medway Community Healthcare said, ‘Home First represents a successful partnership between Medway NHS Foundation Trust, Medway Council and Medway Community Healthcare to make sure each patient has the support they need to make the transition from hospital to home.

‘We know that most people would rather recover at home than in hospital. And getting back to our lives and our routines is an essential part of that recovery. It helps us to regain independence, and allows us to receive care in a comfortable and familiar environment. Home First aims to help patients do just that by working with community partners across Medway.’

Amanda Gibson, Lead Matron for Discharge and a member of the Home First project team commented, ‘For patients who have been in hospital having treatment, we understand that leaving hospital can be unsettling. That’s why we have worked so closely with our community health and social care partners to work on a solution that fits around the needs of the patient.

‘Our priority is to ensure that every patient who is discharged goes home with the right support in place. This approach will allow patients to get back to their lives in a safe and supported way, freeing up vital hospital beds and resources.’

The Home First approach not only ensures that patients have a smoother journey from hospital back into their home, it also helps to ease demand on hospital beds and staff and makes better use of community services.

  • Summary:

    Find out how Medway has changed the way it supports patients leaving hospital.