Health experts produce White Paper backing nurse-led clinical homecare

A total of 13 organisations contributed to discussions highlighting gaps in Five Year Forward Plan

Nurses hold the key to easing the pressures on the overstretched NHS by delivering quality care in people's homes, according to a new report.

A panel of experts have produced a White Paper, called Building the case for clinical care in the home at scale, to urge the government to acknowledge the role nurses have in delivering quality care for patients in their own homes.

Led by Christie NHS Foundation Trust chair Christine Outram, they outline benefits including faster patient recovery, fewer hospital re-admissions, reduced pressure on beds and shorter waiting times.

Despite all this, the panel draw the government’s attention to the fact there is no specific mention of clinical homecare in the government's NHS Five Year Forward View.

Ms Outram said: ‘During my career in the NHS, I have seen the value clinical homecare delivers to cancer patients and their families, reducing anxiety, aiding recovery and improving quality of life.

‘It also benefits our healthcare system by reducing pressure on hospitals and enabling them to provide the very best care to all their patients.’

The panel, which included representatives of organisations including NHS England and Macmillan Cancer Support, examined a range of NHS strategies and found the unifying element was the aim to move more acute care out of hospitals and into patient’s homes.

It concluded nurses should be enabled to deliver vital services where they are needed most and urge clinical commissioners to draw up strategies tailor-made for the areas they serve.

The Building the case for clinical care in the home at scale report is available at the Healthcare at Home website

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