The NHS Long Term Plan recommends that ‘care will increasingly be delivered in people’s homes or somewhere convenient, freeing up space in hospitals for those who need it’. A new purchasing framework created by NHS Shared Business Services is making it easier and quicker for the NHS and Local Authorities to commission services which ease the transition from hospital to home.
Home-based clinical care contributes to improving patient flow by reducing the length of hospital stays and the need for repeated visits to hospital inpatient and outpatient departments. Freeing up in-patient beds increases the number of elective cases that a hospital can carry out and eases the flow of patients from A&E into hospital wards.

Many patients appreciate the choice of being treated in the more relaxing surroundings of their own home, provided it is safe and does not lessen the quality of care provided.
HomeLink Healthcare, a specialist provider of clinical services to patients at home, has been awarded a place on the new Patient Discharge Services framework.

“We are delighted to be part of this important new purchasing framework and are looking forward to working with NHS Shared Business Services” comments Jill Ireland, Clinical and Managing Director at HomeLink Healthcare. “We are sure that many NHS organisations will see the framework as an ideal route to getting new services up and running ready for next winter”.

To find out more about HomeLink Healthcare visit www.homelinkhealthcare.co.uk or contact andy.collett@homelinkhealthcare.co.uk
To find out more about SBS Shared Business Services Patient Discharge Services visit www.sbs.nhs.uk/fas-patient-discharge-services or email NSBS.contractenquiries@nhs.net

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