NHS Buckinghamshire, in collaboration with Strata Health UK Ltd., has created an automated fast track referral form to augment urgent placements into community inpatient facilities; formalizing the process by automating these types of critical escalations. This new functionality will enable quick access to these specific resources, helping to avoid inappropriate acute admission to acute hospitals across the county. It operates across the existing Resource Matching and eReferral infrastructure developed by the trust over the past 18 months.
Rachael Corser, Associate Director of Nursing, Medicine, Community and Integrated Care Research and Development commented, “The system must work as a whole. Pressure points in one area are no more or less critical than in other areas. We have worked hard to develop best practice policy to support an automated process of matching and ranking appropriate patients that are inbound towards our community hospital beds. However, as system pressures emerge, we must be able to adjust this match/rank criterion. The fast track referral will enable patients that have presented at hospital and require intervention (but need not be admitted to hospital) a swift and prioritized means to locate and access placement to community inpatient facilities”.
Marianne Smith, Clinical and Operational Lead, Community Inpatient Units / Community Hospitals Division of Integrated Care added, “Only by creating a single, unified approach that addresses key operational pressure points, are we able to achieve a consistent application of fair and equitable placements across the whole health economy, whilst gaining insight to trends and patterns of patient needs to better identify future care requirements”.
The Buckinghamshire Resource Matching & eReferral infrastructure continues to look at areas of impact to better knit-together effective communication and operational protocol across various organizational stakeholders within NHS Buckinghamshire Health and The Buckinghamshire County Council.
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About Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust:
Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust is a major provider of community and hospital services in South Central England, providing care to over half a million patients from Buckinghamshire and neighboring counties every year.
The trust is responsible for the majority of NHS care in the county, from community health services provided in people’s homes or from one of our many local bases, to acute hospital services at Stoke Mandeville, and Wycombe.
About Buckinghamshire County Council:
The administrative region of Buckinghamshire is a two-tier council, with one County Council and four District Councils. Buckinghamshire also has 165 independent parish/town councils.
BCC manages services such as trading standards, highways, social care, schools, libraries and household waste sites. It consists of 57 councilors who represent all parts of the county and are elected every 4 years. The Council is Conservative controlled and led by Martin Tett. Its decision-making body is called the cabinet and is a group of 8 councilors who meet 3-weekly in public.
About Strata Health Ltd:
Strata Health leverages technology to achieve dramatic patient flow improvement within health systems. Our clients say they’ve entrusted us with the job of creating patient flow solutions that achieve real and dramatic benefits for patients, their families and the world’s devoted front line caregivers.
Strata Health LTD is a UK based business and a wholly owned subsidiary of Strata Health Solutions, Inc. It is comprised of professionals with empathy for those who need care and intense respect for those who devote themselves to caring for others.