05 October 2018 – Care England
Care England has called for a more strategic and joined up approach to Transforming Care following BBC Radio 4 File on Four, Transforming Care – Is It Working aired 02.10.2018 at 8pm : https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0000mkd
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England said:
“Where at all possible, it is preferable to look after people in the community. This is what our members, independent sector care providers do, and do well however they are becoming increasingly frustrated by applications for them to develop new services to accommodate people stuck in long stay hospitals or ATUs being blocked”.
Registering the Right Support guidance is not being applied with a focus on the wider determinants of quality, and choice, but instead focussing only on bed numbers, rejecting applications to increase bed numbers to 7,8 or larger bedded homes thus fuelling the problem of vulnerable people having to remain in hospital, an inappropriate and expensive environment.
“We need more quality community capacity, but from a quick poll of members we found development of 79 beds as new capacity in the community has been voluntarily halted by providers – because of fears that investing in these new facilities will result in a refusal by CQC to register based on numbers rather than the wider quality of care, staffing and life choices offered by the provider. Transforming Care is enormously important and we as a sector would like to see the NHS working in tandem with the Local Authorities and involving residents and relatives in their commissioning decisions, to ensure people are moved from ATUs to full and rewarding lives in local communities.”