Fast recovery in the comfort of your home

In May 2014 we launched a Rapid Response Team (RRT) in partnership with the Health and Social Services Department (HSSD). The aim of the team was to improve patient care in the island by preventing inappropriate hospital admissions and, for some people already in hospital, to help them get home more quickly. Much of the work we do is already provided to patients in their own homes. We know from experience that people who are able to stay at home recover faster, have reduced risk of infections and maintain their independence for longer than if they had to be admitted to hospital.

The first six months of the scheme were hugely successful and, as a result, we have now expanded the service to include a Reablement team. This team includes nurses, home care assistants and social workers who are on hand to monitor patients’ conditions beyond the initial rapid response period. Re-ablement is a philosophy which encourages individuals to ‘do for themselves’ rather than being ‘done to’. Our team offers an active approach to care, which has seen amazing results for islanders recovering from acute illness, falls and fractures.