Working Together to Meet the Needs of Older People Recently Discharged from Hospital

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/152500
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Presentation
Title:
Working Together to Meet the Needs of Older People Recently Discharged from Hospital
Abstract:
Working Together to Meet the Needs of Older People Recently Discharged from Hospital
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2006
Author:Merrell, Joy, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:University of Wales Swansea
Co-Authors:Gaynor Mabbett, MSc
Background: Demographic trends indicate an increasing older population nationally and internationally, which places increased demand on health and social services. In the UK intermediate care services have developed to prevent avoidable hospital admissions, maximise older people?s rehabilitation following illness or injury and reduce dependence on long term care services (WAG 2003, 2002). In Swansea the ?Bridging the Gap? project provided by a voluntary agency seeks to facilitate sustainable discharge from hospital for older people through providing multi-agency support encompassing district nursing services. Aim: To evaluate the volunteers? role within the ?Bridging the Gap? project. Objectives included: exploring relationships between volunteer and health and social care practitioners and identifying challenges and opportunities of collaborative working. Methods: A case study, stakeholder evaluation was conducted with a purposive sample of 14 volunteers, 3 health and social care practitioners, 4 managers, 3 partner representatives and 4 referrers. Data were collected using focus groups, semi structured interviews, and secondary analysis of client satisfaction questionnaires. Numerical data were analysed using SPSS and qualitative data using thematic analysis. Results: Findings indicated that avoidable readmissions to hospital reduced and clients viewed the service as accessible and acceptable. Volunteers reported many benefits but this paper focuses on the opportunities and challenges of collaborative working for health and social care practitioners. Opportunities included learning new skills, new ways of working and broadening the scope of practice. Challenges included constraints imposed by statutory agencies, different organisational cultures and managing change. Discussion: This study highlights the valuable contribution of the voluntary sector in meeting the increasing demands of an older population. Through collaborative working with district nurses and social workers older people recently discharged from hospital are able to maintain their independence. Whilst collaborative working provides many opportunities for district nurses there are many challenges. Strategies for addressing these challenges are discussed.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleWorking Together to Meet the Needs of Older People Recently Discharged from Hospitalen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/152500-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Working Together to Meet the Needs of Older People Recently Discharged from Hospital</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2006</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Merrell, Joy, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Wales Swansea</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">j.a.merrell@swansea.ac.uk</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Gaynor Mabbett, MSc</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Background: Demographic trends indicate an increasing older population nationally and internationally, which places increased demand on health and social services. In the UK intermediate care services have developed to prevent avoidable hospital admissions, maximise older people?s rehabilitation following illness or injury and reduce dependence on long term care services (WAG 2003, 2002). In Swansea the ?Bridging the Gap? project provided by a voluntary agency seeks to facilitate sustainable discharge from hospital for older people through providing multi-agency support encompassing district nursing services. Aim: To evaluate the volunteers? role within the ?Bridging the Gap? project. Objectives included: exploring relationships between volunteer and health and social care practitioners and identifying challenges and opportunities of collaborative working. Methods: A case study, stakeholder evaluation was conducted with a purposive sample of 14 volunteers, 3 health and social care practitioners, 4 managers, 3 partner representatives and 4 referrers. Data were collected using focus groups, semi structured interviews, and secondary analysis of client satisfaction questionnaires. Numerical data were analysed using SPSS and qualitative data using thematic analysis. Results: Findings indicated that avoidable readmissions to hospital reduced and clients viewed the service as accessible and acceptable. Volunteers reported many benefits but this paper focuses on the opportunities and challenges of collaborative working for health and social care practitioners. Opportunities included learning new skills, new ways of working and broadening the scope of practice. Challenges included constraints imposed by statutory agencies, different organisational cultures and managing change. Discussion: This study highlights the valuable contribution of the voluntary sector in meeting the increasing demands of an older population. Through collaborative working with district nurses and social workers older people recently discharged from hospital are able to maintain their independence. Whilst collaborative working provides many opportunities for district nurses there are many challenges. Strategies for addressing these challenges are discussed.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T11:38:36Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T11:38:36Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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