Independent providers to support NHS with at home services

Private healthcare will be supporting the NHS in discharging people home from hospital under a new national framework.

The patient discharge services framework aims to streamline the transition of patients to prevent re-admissions to hospital.

It will assist those who are medically fit for discharge to either their home or an appropriate community setting.

The framework is divided into two – discharge to assess services, which will support the recovery, rehabilitation and reablement needs of those sent home; and medical care at home, which support a range of subacute health service in peoples’ homes.

The agreement will be in effect until March 2023.

‘We welcome the NHS’ new framework to help support local areas bolster their community health services and ensure patients can be more swiftly discharged from hospital and get the care they need closer to home,’ said Danielle Henry, head of primary and community health policy at the Independent Healthcare Providers Network.

‘Independent community providers deliver a wide range of high quality, innovative services and, as part of this new framework, are pleased to be working with their NHS partners to ensure patients leaving hospital can access the recovery, rehabilitation and reablement support they need.’