Intermediate care: message needs to get to commissioners

Posted on September 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

National Director for Older Peoples Services within the Department of Health Professor Ian Philp has reiterated the importance of intermediate care. Speaking at the intermediate care conference, Mind the Gap, held in Birmingham in August, Prof. Philp said intermediate care remained a top priority for national government. “Why are there people still stuck in hospital? We can do things better as an alternative to hospital.” Four Seasons Health Care, one of the UK¹s leading independent healthcare operators, attended the conference. Chief executive, Hamilton Anstead welcomed Professor Philps comments saying Four Seasons already had contracts in place where it had been shown that intermediate care in a care home setting worked extremely effectively, with almost all patients being rehabilitated back to their own homes within six weeks. “However, while we have no doubt about Professor Philp and the Government¹s commitment to intermediate care, the message and the funds need to be cascaded down so that, at a local

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