NHS England Management issue ‘call to action’ to 150 CCG’s to help reduce DToC’s attributable to inefficiencies in the Continuing Healthcare (CHC) assessment process by March 2018.
`Factors causing delays due to NHS CHC assessment could help free up to a quarter of the total number of beds the NHS is required to release’ to meet Government targets announced in July 2017’. So says Matthew Swindells (National Director: Operations and Information) and Professor Jane Cummings (Chief Nursing Officer England) in their letter (ref : 07091) - To read it click here
NHS England call on the CCG’s to take action to ensure that they meet the service delivery standards for the CHC process. These require:
- At least 80% of all full assessments to be completed within 28 days of receipt
- At least 85% of full assessments to be conducted outside of the acute hospital setting
- All CCG’s to report publicly on how many DST recommendations are verified within 48 hours of submission.
‘By requiring CCG’s to achieve these standards, NHS England hopes to free around 600 DToC days per day from the system,’ Says IEG4’s Healthcare Director Charles Mackinnon ‘Our work with many CCG’s and FT’s suggests that the figure attributable to inefficiencies could be even larger. The move to make CCG’s report the numbers of DST Recommendations being verified in 48 hours will require CCG’s to improve transparency in the process and speed-up communication throughout it. To achieve that will require digitisation of the nationally used Checklist, MDNA and DST paper forms and, improved reviewer visibility that appropriate steps have been undertaken in creating the DST recommendation.’
Help for these CCG’s is at hand. IEG4 has developed a purpose-built solution which eliminates paper from the CHC assessment process and provides workflow to speed communication and ensure that process steps are taken. To discover more about CHC2DST and how it can help CCG’s, visit www.chc2dst.com