Since the Continuing to Care report launch in November, over 500 of people have shared the report with your local MP and nearly 500 emails have been sent to Clinical Commissioning Groups
Improving the assessment tools
For the first time, the Department of Health has committed to reforming the Decision Support Tool, and other assessment tools. This is a hugely positive step and should mean that more people who are eligible for NHS CHC will receive it
Setting up a Strategic Improvement Programme
NHS England has launched a Strategic Improvement Programme. The programme aims to engage people who work for Clinical Commissioning Groups, and conduct the assessments, to create positive changes to practise
Increasing data collection
NHS England has started collecting more data and hopes to increase this further. For example,Right Care packs have been produced showing the local situation for NHS CHC in each area.
Improving training for professionals
NHS England is investing in more robust training for professionals who conduct NHS CHC assessments, and will roll this out in 2017.
None of these changes and proposals would have happened without the support of everyone who has been involved.
Though these improvements are positive, we know there is lots more to do. NHS CHC won’t change overnight, and we’re aware that many people across the country are still really struggling. If you need information or advice on this issue, you can contact Beacon on http://www.beaconchc.co.uk or telephone: 0345 548 0300
Don’t forget you can still share their report with your local MP and CCG if you haven’t already, and it only takes a few minutes.