The pandemic has inflated NHS waiting lists to almost unprecedented levels. At a time like this it’s essential that every possible bed is available to help clear the backlog. Hospitals also need spare capacity to allow for the usual winter increase in demand.
At the same time we have an unknown number of elderly (and not so elderly) people struggling with the effects of long covid, possibly after a stay in hospital.
What all of this means is that many areas are seeing a surge in demand for reablement care to help people recuperate. This comes at the same time as adult social care services are feeling the strain from staff shortages and burnout.
Integrated Health and Care
Reablement care should be a key part of better integrated health and social care services – allowing for efficient and safe discharge of patients into the community with an orderly transfer of care.
Even before the effects of the pandemic and Brexit, transfer of care didn’t always happen seamlessly. Up to February 2020 in England there were typically over 5,000 delayed transfer of care beds and well over 150,000 ‘delayed days’ in any month (source: NHS statistics).
Integrated Care Brokerage
Tackling the issue of delayed transfers of care isn’t easy – particularly in the current crisis. What would make it easier is to have a streamlined brokerage process that is fully integrated with other adult social care services.
The eBrokerage by UDMS solution is a cloud-based platform where a range of care services can be brokered efficiently and securely. The package or service to be brokered can be anything you need it to be. It can be provision you fund or part-fund, or one that is self-funded by the service user.
All types of brokerage can take place in a secure marketplace that doesn’t rely on emails, phone calls and spreadsheets or office-based operations to keep moving. This not only simplifies life for brokerage teams, it’s also much easier for care providers to manage at a time when they need as much help as we can give them.
The highly flexible eBrokerage by UDMS solution can be implemented within a few weeks and is easy to procure through the G-Cloud 12 framework, via Ulysses eBrokerage Cloud Software.