NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group’s Quest for Quality in Care Homes programme has been shortlisted for the Innovation in Technology LaingBuisson 2018 Award. The Awards recognise and celebrate excellence and innovative services in the public, private and third sectors, and are widely considered to be ‘the Oscars of health and social care’.

The Quest for Quality in Care Homes initiative has involved 1,300 care home residents over the past five years, with a multidisciplinary team and care home staff working to improve care and prevent avoidable emergency hospital attendances and admissions – typically for urinary tract and respiratory infections, falls and fractures. The programme uses Tunstall technology to support individual care plans for residents, enabling a more preventative and integrated approach.

Evaluation of the first two years of the programme (2014-16) showed:

  • Emergency hospital admissions from care homes reduced by 33%
  • Cost of hospital stays reduced by £1,255,727
  • GP care home visits reduced by 45%

The latest results from the Quest for Quality in Care Homes programme show how telecare is helping to prevent falls in care homes. In the last year (2016/17 to 2017/18) emergency admissions relating to falls have decreased by 7.7% which has resulted in an annual saving through the Quest programme of more than £200,000.

Rhona Radley, Deputy Head of Service Improvement said:

“We are delighted to be shortlisted for this award. The Quest for Quality in Care Homes has achieved our aim of improving the consistency and quality of care provided, as well as generating efficiencies in staff workload and reducing the impact on primary and secondary care.”

The winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Thursday 15th November 2018 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London.