Community Hospitals

"The Community Hospitals benchmarking project provides an absolutely invaluable resource, particularly for those committed to continually improving community hospitals and with promoting their role in the NHS." -- Dr Helen Tucker, Vice President,Community Hospitals Association

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. Project participants will receive the following outputs:

  • Access to the online benchmarking toolkit, which will allow participants to view their position on a wide range of metrics against comparable community hospitals
  • A bespoke, high level dashboard summarising the key metrics from the project with the project participant’s position highlighted on each
  • Attendance at the Community conference, which will used to present the findings from this iteration of the project along with good practice examples from across the Network membership.

2016/17 benchmarking project

The NHS Benchmarking Network’s 2016 Community Hospitals project saw 39 organisations participate in the project, covering 179 Community Hospitals. As well as a national report and online toolkit of over 2000 metrics, available to all Network members, bespoke reports have been provided for participants.

2017/18 benchmarking project

Data for this project was collected from the National Audit of Intermediate Care 2017. NAIC 2017 was free of charge for commissioners and providers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. For more information, please see the NAIC partnership project.

An event, free to Network members, was held on the 1st November 2017. You can read more about the Benchmarking & Good Practice in Community Services conference here.

Download a summary of the project together with the 2016 highlights.

For queries about this project please contact Lucy Trubacik.

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