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 project aims to:

  • Support service improvement through the provision of benchmarked comparisons on key metrics

  • Provide evidence for future planning, workforce design and discussions with commissioners

  • Support the development of outcome measures

  • Identify and share good practice

  • Support networking between trusts

  • Act as a national reference point for community hospitals comparative data

This project is applicable to all Network subscribing members who provide Community Hospitals. Subscribing 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 annual conferences, accessing presentations on project key findings, from national policy leads and members

  • Good practice case studies on how members use the benchmarking to improve service delivery

2018/19 Benchmarking Project

In 2018, to reduce the data burden for Network members, data for the Community Hospitals project was collected as part of the National Audit of Intermediate Care (NAIC). This was the same approach that was taken to data collection in 2017. NAIC 2018 was funded by NHS England, NHS Wales, and the Public Health Agency and Health and Social Care Board in Northern Ireland. Therefore, all providers could participate in the project free of charge. 159 community hospitals from 64 organisations supplied information for the project. Participation in the project included England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

You can read more about the highlights from the 2018 project in our news section or download our project card.

2019/20 Benchmarking Project

Given that the NHS Long Term Plan indicated that investment in primary medical and community services will grow faster than the overall NHS budget, and allocates a ring-fenced fund of £4.5 billion for this healthcare sector, it is more important than ever that community services have some visibility on the scope and breadth of their offer.

Data for the 2019/20 Community Hospitals project will be collected as a standalone project and not through NAIC, the project will collect 2018/19 data.

Click here for more information on how the Community Hospitals project will support NHS organisations in meeting the national and local priorities outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan.

To register and input data for the project, members can log in to the members' area. Here you will also be able to view outputs from previous years’ projects. For further information, or assistance, please contact Lucy Trubacik, or call 0161 266 1333.

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