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Closing the Gap on health care provision in Harlow

Politics / Mon 10th Feb 2014 am28 10:57am

ESSEX County Council (ECC) is proud to announce the Health Foundation has awarded £450,000 for a social care scheme to improve resident safety across Essex care homes and prevent unnecessary emergency hospital admissions.

The news is also significant because it makes ECC the first social care organisation to ever receive funding from the HF.

The funding is for a two-year pilot project being developed in partnership with University College London Partners (UCLP).

Closing the Gap will see ECC working with UCLP and other key partners to address safety issues using the NHS Safety Thermometer tool. By working together, it will be possible to implement improvements in health and social care at greater scale and pace.

Care home managers will work with partners to design safety initiatives for preventing certain situations such as falls, catheter infections and pressure ulcers. The aim is to reduce the risk of harm to residents and help prevent the need for emergency hospital admissions.

Essex County Councillor John Aldridge, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “It is fantastic to hear Essex is the first local authority to receive funding from the Health Foundation, and even greater news that this is going to help towards improving care and support for elderly and vulnerable care home residents. We hope to see this funding make a real difference to everyday care for the elderly and vulnerable.”

The pilot will be carried out in North & West Essex with the intention to roll out the scheme across the whole of the county ultimately.

ECC and UCLP’s project was one of 10 projects selected to receive funding from the HF as part of its £4million Closing the Gap quality improvement programme to tackle known gaps between best practice and current delivery of care. The award was granted after ECC and UCLP submitted an application and members of the project team were interviewed.

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