The Care Home Forum

As local health service commissioners it is important for us to have good working relationships with our local care home community.

Care homes look after some of the most vulnerable members of our communities, people who are some of the most frequent users of health and care services.

The Frimley System (South) Care Home Forum brings together local care homes within our Clinical Commissioning Group and our colleagues from neighbouring Surrey Heath CCG.

We meet bimonthly to celebrate successes, to raise areas of concern, to share learning and to pass on important messages. The Forum has also enabled us to hold special sessions, following requests made by our care home colleagues. These have included a training event for activity coordinators offering them a chance to come together, swap ideas and learn from industry experts. They were able to explore topics such as personalisation, meaningful engagement, making activity count and capturing the evidence. A positive result from this has been the formation of an Activity Champions Group who now meet quarterly to continue this work.

National and local multidisciplinary colleagues are also invited to attend, to share their knowledge and experience with care home staff.

The Care Home Forum has helped to create a supportive network locally, giving care homes which may previously have been working in isolation the ability to obtain support and guidance as and when they need it. This enables our network to identify and address issues before they develop into problems.

Working in this way has enabled care homes to implement hydration techniques that have massively reduced the incidence of urinary tract infections among residents, as well as lowering the numbers of falls. Care home residents who have to go into hospital now benefit from the ‘Red Bag’ scheme which supports the medical team treating them, making their hospital stay shorter and their return to the home simpler and quicker.

For more information or to ask questions about the Care Home Forum, contact: sue.langan@nhs.net

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