Therapy services are crucial to the quality of care for patients across a range of specialities in acute hospitals. Timely assessment by a therapist is key to maintaining patient flows and reducing length of stay. Although the sums of money invested in therapies are material, there is limited benchmarking available in this area because therapy input is not typically unbundled from PbR and elements of the service may be included in the non-PbR, block elements of the acute contracts.
The acute therapies project covers four AHP disciplines: Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech & Language Therapy, and Dietetics.
The project compares benchmarks on service models, access, activity, finance, workforce, quality and outcomes. Good practice is identified in the project and members are encouraged to share good practice throughout the project.
2015/16 benchmarking project
The 2015/16 iteration of the Acute Therapies project collected 2014/15 data, the following outputs are available on the members' area:
- Acute Therapies toolkit 2015
- Overview report
- Separate reports for Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, SLT and Dietetics
- Presentations from the national conference
2017/18 benchmarking project
This year's iteration of the project, collecting 2016/17 date, has now closed. The toolkit for the Acute Therapies project is now available with further outputs available in December, via the members' area. An event, free to Network members, was held in London on 11th October 2017. You can read more about the conference in our review here.
For queries about this project, please contact Leigh Jenkins.