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Fosse Healthcare, which works with public and private care sectors to provide homecare, care home and healthcare services, has launched an early deterioration digital care pilot scheme in coordination with a local council and Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG and Birdie, with support from the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network and Nottinghamshire Alliance Training Hub, teamed up to trial technology-enabled care (TEC) to prevent ill-health.

In the pilot, technology, developed by Birdie, is used to support care providers across health and social care to spot the signs that someone’s health may be deteriorating and ensure they are getting the healthcare they need to prevent a crisis situation.

The scheme was designed to demonstrate how technology could be used to strengthen other aspects of the care industry, specifically the communication between adult social home care and healthcare.

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This follows ambitions laid out in the UK Government’s whitepaper that details proposals for NHS and social care reform, with a focus on integrated care and services adding value for end-users.

The paper says that NHS and councils will be given a statutory duty to collaborate with each other.

Now, the significance of Fosse Healthcare’s pilot was recognised by NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG, which then joined with the provider to form the ‘Early Deterioration in Home Care Project’.

The main objective of the Early Deterioration in Home Care Project is to bridge the gap between homecare and primary care professionals to help them make earlier, robust decisions.

To achieve this, the Early Deterioration in Home Care Project team has developed a thorough workflow process, Fosse Healthcare says.

At the heart of this process, detailed observations are made by trained Fosse care staff – including blood pressure and respiration rate, for example – which are shared digitally with the care recipient’s GP to decide what clinical or care support they may require.

The pilot scheme was officially launched within the Newark branch of Fosse Healthcare on 10th March and affects approximately 150 consenting care recipients.

The pilot will run for up to six months in total to give the academic partners enough time to undertake their evaluations.

Melanie Brooks, Corporate Director for Adult Social Care and Health at Nottinghamshire County Council, concluded: “It is exciting to hear how technology can support our care providers to spot the signs that someone’s health may be deteriorating and ensure they are getting the healthcare they need to prevent a crisis situation.

“By identifying these situations at the earliest possible stage, we are ensuring that people can continue to live as independently as possible and receive the right level of care, in the right place, at the right time. We look forward to seeing how this project progresses.”

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