Carewatch responds to Government Health Bill

David Lyon, Chief Executive of Carewatch Care Services, comments: “The concept of presenting a solution for the NHS that involves GP empowerment and effective working collaborations between health and social care to deliver solutions to help people remain in their own homes is both positive and welcomed. However, the devil is of course in the detail and this is something that has yet to be clarified or explained. The change that will be required to make this work, both in culture and working practices, will take time to bed if it is to succeed. As much as primary care and secondary care can play a vital role in ensuring that individuals do not enter the system to begin with, social care has to play an equally important part in remobilising people quickly and making sure there is no need for readmission.

18 January

David Lyon, Chief Executive of Carewatch Care Services, comments: “The concept of presenting a solution for the NHS that involves GP empowerment and effective working collaborations between health and social care to deliver solutions to help people remain in their own homes is both positive and welcomed. However, the devil is of course in the detail and this is something that has yet to be clarified or explained. The change that will be required to make this work, both in culture and working practices, will take time to bed if it is to succeed. As much as primary care and secondary care can play a vital role in ensuring that individuals do not enter the system to begin with, social care has to play an equally important part in remobilising people quickly and making sure there is no need for readmission.

“Moving forward into this new healthcare environment and its increased emphasis on GPs, the relationship between the GP and the independent support provider will be core in keeping people out of hospital where appropriate. With upwards of 900,000 people visiting their GP every day in this country, the upsides of delivering services which best utilise home care solutions cannot be ignored.

“Collectively, health and social care can offer a winning model for keeping people at home. It is essential that we lessen our reliance on our overburdened hospitals and focus on ensuring that where possible the individual can be cared for and supported at home. Against a backdrop of budgetary cuts, now more than ever, we need to find sustainable solution that help people leave hospital as quickly as possible and, where possible, avoid admission altogether.”