Capital consults on ‘home first’ approach

Residents’ views sought on a ‘bold new vision’ for the way the city delivers services health & social care services

Tuesday 7th May 2019

Consultation on the Edinburgh Integration Joint Board’s (IJB) new strategic plan has begun, with residents being asked to comment on a ‘bold new vision for the way the city delivers health and social care services’.

The capital’s IJB, which oversees the delivery of much of the city’s health and social care services, has launched an online consultation to gain feedback on a plan that proposes the creation of a bespoke ‘Edinburgh model’ for collaborative health and social care service delivery.

The consultation gives Edinburghers the chance to provide feedback on a ‘high-level vision’ for services delivered by the NHS and the Council that ‘places Edinburgh’s communities and citizens at its heart’.

Chair of the Edinburgh IJB, Ricky Henderson, said: "At its heart, the strategic plan sets out our desire to support people to be well at home, and in their community, for as long as possible.

“Providing first class acute hospital care only when medical intervention is needed, and the right care, at the right time, in the right place.”

The three-year strategy focuses on a ‘person centred, patient first and ‘home first’ approach, working towards shifting the balance of care from acute services to the community’.

Under a home first approach, IJB staff work closely with colleagues in community settings and in social care to plan for a patient to return home from the first day they arrive in hospital, ensuring the right support is in place.

Proposals have been put forward for patients to be seen within a few hours of arriving home by a home first team – made up of community nurses, therapists and social care professionals – before a personal care plan is compiled to help individuals regain their independence as much as possible.

Mr Henderson added: "Age, disability or health conditions should not stop people living a safe and good life and so our approach aims to work with individuals and their carers to see what matters most to them and support them to reach their goals.

“Everyone also deserves to live as comfortably and independently as they can, and by working towards a 'home first' method, we hope to empower people and communities to make these choices where they can.

"To do this, we need input from everyone who is touched by health and social care services in Edinburgh and we need to work collaboratively with our partners to optimise available resources. I urge people to take part in the consultation and have their say."