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For Commissioners

Clinical homecare offers efficient use of high value medication through regular education, greater compliance, better concordance, stock control and symptom monitoring. The benefits to patients, their carers and clinicians are far-reaching and make a strong and pertinent case at a time when pressure on the NHS across all areas continues to mount.

quote-marks-small 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% quote-marks-end

Home Healthcare - An economic choice for the health service. Prof. Ciaran O'Neill, School of Medicine & Dentistry, Queens University, Belfast.

Significant cost saving potential:

  • Reducing capacity pressure in hospital wards, pharmacies and outpatient departments 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

Improved treatment outcomes:

  • Additional treatment capacity of clinical homecare service may mean faster access to treatment
  • Improved adherence to treatment through regular contact with and education of patient
  • Proactive prescription management and stock checking reduces the chances of a missed dose
  • Reduced hospital capacity pressure, allowing greater focus on more specialist services or reducing waiting times
  • Access to advice from dedicated teams of healthcare professionals, often 24 hours per day, reducing unnecessary/inappropriate hospital admissions
  • 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 infection

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 about care delivery; 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
  • Reduced 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