Now's the time to get involved!
We are pleased to announce that data collection is open for the 2019 Managing Frailty and Delayed Transfer of Care in the Acute Setting benchmarking project. The deadline for submission of data is Friday 27th September.
The NHS is faced with the demands of an ageing population and increasing numbers of people with multiple long-term conditions. Whilst much can be done to keep people as independent as possible and keep them safely at home, at some point in their journey of care, many people living with frailty and older people will need to be admitted to hospital for a period of acute care. In addition, older people, often living with frailty, can be subject to delayed transfers of care (DToC).
The Managing Frailty and Delayed Transfers of Care in the Acute Setting project focuses on the pathway of frail older people through secondary care, from assessment in A&E, assessment units, inpatient wards and supported discharge. The project also takes a deeper dive into the management of delayed transfers of care and reviews protocols, processes, local reporting and onward routes out of the hospital. The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) has also worked with the NHS Benchmarking Network to develop a short service user audit which will be included in the project.
This project is for all providers of acute care where older people access their services. Participating members will receive:
An interactive online toolkit, allowing you to benchmark your service across hundreds of metrics
A bespoke dashboard report outlining key metrics, and highlighting your reported positions
A high-level report outlining key messages nationally
A good practice compendium of information supplied by member participants
Free attendance at the annual conference, to be held in February 2020, where you can access presentations on project key findings, from national policy leads, good practice and innovation from the membership and to network with members.
For a second year the Network is delivering the 2019 project in collaboration with the GIRFT geriatric medicine workstream. Participants (in England only) will be asked if they consent to sharing their data with the GIRFT programme. Highlights from the 2018 project are available online.
Registration and submission of data is via the NHS Benchmarking Network member portal. If you have any queries about this project, please contact Lucy Trubacik, 0161 266 1333.