NHS Benchmarking’s national audit of intermediate care is in its fourth year. The 2015 round described over 340 services from 95 providers in England and 53 clinical commissioning groups.(1) In the context of current system challenges it provides crucial data, especially on older people’s services. The median age of patients described is 82.
What do we mean by intermediate care models? The Department of Health’s Halfway Home report said in 2009, “Intermediate care is a range of integrated services to promote faster recovery from illness, prevent unnecessary acute hospital admission and premature admission to long-term residential care, support more timely discharge from hospital and maximise independent living.”(2)
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