Access evidence based intelligence on your community hospitals provision

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Data collection for the 2019 Community Hospitals benchmarking project is now open.

Given that the NHS Long Term Plan indicated that investment in primary medical and community services will grow faster than the overall NHS budget, and allocates a ring-fenced fund of £4.5 billion for this healthcare sector, it is more important than ever that community services have some visibility on the scope and breadth of their offer.

The Community Hospitals project focuses on the inpatient care for older people in community hospital settings, a common function of all community hospitals, and covers service models, access, activity, workforce, finance and quality. The project also features a service user audit. Last year, data for the Community Hospitals project was collected as part of the National Audit of Intermediate Care (NAIC) and 159 hospitals took part. The 2019 data will be collected as a standalone project and not through NAIC.

Outputs for the project include a bespoke report for participants comprising dashboards in an easy-to-use summarised format and an online toolkit highlighting your organisation’s benchmarked position.

Data collection will run until 12th July 2019. To register and input data for the project, members can log in to the members' area. Here you will also be able to view outputs from previous years’ projects.

For further information, or assistance with registration, please contact Josh Davies, josh.davies@nhs.net.