Better Care

Early intervention community team praised

Birmingham’s new early intervention community team model has won praise from NHS England and Improvement director of community health Matthew Winn, following a visit to see the initiative in development.

The model, which brings together health and social care partners, is being planned for citywide implementation following a successful pilot in Edgbaston and Northfield.

The early intervention model aims to help people to live healthier and more independent lives in their own home. It provides urgent assessment, treatment and care for people; as well as a range of integrated services provided by multiple professionals who promote recovery and independence.

Matthew Winn (3rd from right) with Birmingham early intervention colleagues.

The aims of this new approach are to prevent unnecessary hospital admission and premature admission to long-term residential care; support the timely discharge from hospital; promote faster recovery from illness or injury; and champion independent living wherever possible.

The testing phase produced some very positive outcomes for patients – of the 120 patients cared for under the new model, 75 per cent needed no long-term input from health or social care in order to remain in their home once the new team completed their care.

Matthew said: “It was a pleasure to visit the teams and see such good work and big plans for the future, with clear system partnership well in place."

BCHC chief executive Richard Kirby said: “We were very pleased to be able to show Matthew the progress we are making in effectively integrating services across the city to make a real impact in helping people stay well at home or get home quickly after hospital admission.”   

Matthew Winn is the NHS England and Improvement director of community health and senior responsible officer (SRO) for implementation of the Ageing Well programme in the NHS Long Term Plan.