New NHS online training to help people get home from hospital quicker
NHS England and Health Education England have today launched ActNow, an e-learning tool developed for health service and care staff to help them reduce hospital delays for patients.
Nearly 350,000 patients currently spend over three weeks in acute hospitals each year. Many of those are older people who are often frail, and while a short period of treatment in hospital is sometimes necessary, staying too long can leave them vulnerable to infections or deconditioning.
Research suggests that more than one in three 70-year-olds experience muscle ageing during a prolonged stay in hospital, rising to two thirds of those aged over 90, which can leave some permanently less mobile or able to perform tasks they could before.
Action to help tens of thousands more people avoid lengthy spells in hospital is being rolled out nationwide as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. NHS doctors, nurses and other staff are being encouraged to ask themselves ‘Why not home? Why not today?’ when planning care for patients recovering from an operation or illness, as part of a campaign – called ‘Where Best Next?‘ – which aims to see around 140,000 people every year spared a hospital stay of three weeks or more.
These new resources will help staff to take prompt practical actions and use every opportunity to ensure our patients are cared for in the best place for them. It will cover the use of new technology, effective early discharge planning and caring for people at home. Another added benefit for staff is professional development as completing the online course can be used as evidence of continued professional development and ongoing learning.
Hilary Garratt, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for England said:
“We want to ensure that all patients benefit from the shortest possible stay on a ward, getting home as soon as they are fit to leave with the support they need.
“Not only is that better for them, reducing the risk of infection or loss of mobility for older people in particular, but it also means that more beds are available for others who need care too, easing pressure on A&E and other parts of the system.
“This new ActNow resource will help nursing and care teams in the vital role they play throughout a patient’s journey, and are ideal to include as part of team training or for professional development plans for nurses at every level, including our non-registered colleagues.”
Latest News from
NHS Facebook campaign helps 40-plus men prevent Type 2 diabetes19/04/2021 12:15:00
The NHS is using Facebook to reach millions of men aged 40 and over who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, to help them to change their lifestyle and avoid the condition.
Moderna jabs mark new milestone in NHS vaccination programme13/04/2021 12:10:00
The first Moderna jabs will be delivered in England today (Tuesday) as the NHS vaccination programme reaches another milestone.
Senior NHS figures stress Muslims can get COVID jab in Ramadan12/04/2021 12:15:00
Two leading Muslim figures working in the NHS recently (09 April 2021) joined other medical leaders and Islamic scholars in stressing that Ramadan should not stop anyone from getting the NHS COVID vaccination.
‘Nightingale effect’ sees thousands of healthcare support workers join the NHS09/04/2021 09:15:00
The NHS has boosted support for patients, their families and staff by recruiting 10,000 healthcare support workers (HCSWs) in the first three months of the year.
New dedicated mental health services for new expectant and bereaved mums07/04/2021 09:15:00
Thousands of new, expectant or bereaved mothers will receive help and support for mental health problems through dozens of new dedicated hubs which are being set up across the country.
Thousands of patients set to benefit from five-minute breast cancer treatment06/04/2021 16:15:00
An injection that cuts the amount of time breast cancer patients spend in hospital from two and a half hours to as little as five minutes is being rolled out across the country by NHS England.
NHS rolls out headache-busting gadget across the country06/04/2021 11:15:00
A small, portable device that can zap away excruciating headaches is now available to anyone who needs it on the NHS.
NHS Chiefs urge: book an NHS COVID jab without delay01/04/2021 16:30:00
NHS Chief Executive Sir Simon Stevens has urged anyone currently eligible for a COVID vaccination, who has not received one, to book an appointment without delay.