Report calls for new breed of rehabilitation workers

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

Ten per cent of people currently occupying acute hospital beds would derive more benefit from home based recuperation, according to research conducted by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). New Practitioners in the Future Health Service, edited by Rachel Lissauer and Liz Kendall, calls for the development of dedicated rehabilitation practitioners or “intermediate care practitioners” who would combine the skills of existing health workers to support patients in their recovery from illness. In its NHS Plan the Government says it will invest £900 million by 2003/4 in intermediate care and in measures to promote independence for older people. However, the research shows that many patients who could gain greater levels of independence and quicker recuperation if they were provided with effective rehabilitation are still being inappropriately cared for in acute hospitals or long-term care homes. IPPR research fellow Rachel Lissauer said there were many examples of good practice in developing intermedi

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