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For Clinicians

Clinical homecare offers a wide range of benefits whether looking to improve patient treatment outcomes, enhance the service offered, considering patient and carer peace of mind, or searching for important cost efficiencies.

quote-marks-smallClinical homecare reduces hospital capacity pressure, allowing greater focus on more specialist services or reducing waiting times quote-marks-end

Dr Nick Payne NCHA

Improved treatment outcomes:

  • Additional treatment capacity of clinical homecare may mean faster access to treatment
  • Improved adherence to treatment through regular contact with and education of the patient
  • Proactive prescription management and stock checking reduces the chances of a missed dose
  • Reduces hospital capacity pressure, allowing greater focus on more specialist services or on reducing waiting times
  • Access to advice from dedicated teams of healthcare professionals, often 24 hours per day, reducing unnecessary/inappropriate hospital admissions
  • Patient has undivided attention of an experienced nurse throughout treatment, who is extensively trained and equipped for dealing with any medical emergencies
  • Fewer & shorter hospital visits means less risk of hospital-acquired infections

Enhances overall service offering:

  • Patient satisfaction consistently high due to the numerous benefits that clinical homecare affords to patients
  • Additional treatment capacity of clinical homecare service may mean faster access to new treatments
  • Offers greater patient choice surrounding care delivery which is high on the NHS agenda
  • Ability to treat patients at a time and place convenient to them; at home, at work or at a holiday location.
  • Fully traceable, secure, temperature-assured supply chain
  • Reduces hospital capacity pressure, allowing greater focus on more specialist services or reducing waiting times
  • Maintains physical separation of NHS and 'top up' treatments where these are deemed appropriate by the referring clinician

Peace of mind:

  • Clinical control maintained; all treatment delivered according to protocols and pathways agreed with the referring centre
  • Close liaison, regular reporting and regular performance review with the referring centre
  • National Clinical Homecare Association (NCHA) members have many years of experience and expertise in the delivery of clinical homecare
  • Patients can access dedicated teams of healthcare professionals, often 24 hours each day, reducing unnecessary/inappropriate hospital admissions
  • Fully traceable, secure, temperature-assured supply chain

Significant cost saving potential

  • Reducing capacity pressure in hospital wards, pharmacies, outpatient departments etc. reduces future investment requirements and/or enables greater focus on more specialist services and reducing waiting times
  • A study of 274 NHS patients receiving clinical homecare for a variety of conditions showed that treatment outside of the traditional hospital setting reduced costs by around 80%
  • Working capital is released through reduced requirement for on site treatment capacity and stockholding of high value drugs
  • Efficient use of high-value medication through regular education, compliance, concordance, stock, and symptom monitoring