A nurse-led service aimed at providing more care for care home residents with dementia outside hospital has produced big savings and improved patient care – winning national endorsement from NHS England | Primary Care Commissioning
As well as providing expert care to the residents, the Enfield Care Home Assessment Team (CHAT) supports and trains care home staff – giving them the confidence to respond to the residents’ needs and easier access to healthcare services when needed.
Having started as a pilot in four care homes in 2011, CHAT now supports 41 homes across Enfield and the neighbouring London borough of Haringey. Its membership draws together mental and physical health expertise – including community matrons, geriatricians, a consultant psychiatrist, mental health nurses, occupational therapists, a phlebotomist and pharmacists. The sense of integrated care is underlined by close partnerships with primary care, frailty networks and a tissue viability service.
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