Ursell: nursing homes could do so much more

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

The UK’s 4,400 nursing homes could have a major role to play in bringing services out of acute hospitals and into the community, is a message opt repeated by the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA). Responding to the Government’s new White Paper setting out a vision for reducing reliance on hospital-based care, the RNHA again pointed out the potential of nursing homes to help strengthen community services for older people must not be overlooked, either by the government or by nursing home operators themselves. RNHA chief executive Frank Ursell said the nursing home sector represented the single most significant concentration of expertise in the care of older people in the country, with thousands of qualified nurses caring for more than 150,000 patients. Mr Ursell said the knowledge and understanding of the nursing home sector was invaluable to any national strategy aimed at keeping people out of hospital. Mr Ursell, said community health clinics, out-patient services and rehabilitation centres could al

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