Community Hospitals

Despite the clear evidence of the effectiveness of community hospitals in the rehabilitation of older people and the key role they will play in the new models of care, there is little evidence available nationally about what is happening within our community hospitals. This Network project aims to bridge the data gap and understand the breadth and depth of community hospital provision in the UK.

The Community Hospital’s project focuses on the inpatient care for older people, established, in an earlier version of the community hospitals benchmarking project, as the common function of all community hospitals. Service models, access, activity, workforce, finance and quality are covered in detail in the project.

This project is applicable to all Network subscribing members who provide Community Hospitals. Subscribing members will receive:

  • Access to a benchmarking toolkit, allowing you to benchmark your service across hundreds of metrics
  • A bespoke dashboard report outlining key messages and metrics, which compares your local position against nationally reported positions
  • A summary report outlining key messages and metrics for community hospitals nationally

2017/18 benchmarking project

To reduce the data burden for Network members, in 2017, data for the Community Hospitals project was collected as part of the National Audit of Intermediate Care (NAIC) and focused on older people’s wards for general rehabilitation. 163 community hospitals from 52 organisations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland supplied information for the project.

Download a summary of the project together with the 2017 highlights.

2018/19 benchmarking project

The same approach to data collection will be undertaken in 2018, in that an extract of the NAIC data collection will be used to populate the Community Hospitals benchmarking. 

For queries about this project please contact Lucy Trubacik.

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