Health and Social Care
The demand for health and social care is rising as a result of an increase in the number of people with chronic long term and often complex conditions alongside an ageing population. The NHS Five Year Forward View highlights the need for an increased focus on integration and prevention so that resources are utilised more effectively, outcomes are improved and demand is reduced. The NHS is estimated to require £30 billion over the next five years, with an estimated £17.9 billion required just for treating ‘risky’. It is estimated that up to 30% of hospital beds are currently occupied by patients requiring social care or enhanced home support.
The alignment of risk and behaviours has led us to develop schemes that seek to achieve a sustainable behaviour change in vulnerable clients, and can include issues such as: multi-morbidity, cognitive impairment, smoking, drugs, alcohol, physical inactivity, obesity, loneliness, mental health and cold homes.
In the NHS 250,000 people attend Accident and Emergency every year as a result of falls. Older people use three and half times the amount of hospital care of those under the age of 65, and almost two-thirds of general and acute hospital beds. The risk of somebody over the age of 65 dying in a fire is more than twice as high as the general population.
Across the UK, the Fire Service provide 670,000 Safe and Well home visits each year and are a valuable opportunity to engage with the most vulnerable in society. The joint development with NHS England and other key stakeholders linked to national policy based on current and emerging evidence and examples of best practice support this new way of working. The planned investment strategy from the NHS across the UK will help transform care through partnerhip working, achieving better outcomes for local people and better value for the money spent on public services.