Home First is an initiative developed through the partnership of Medway Foundation Trust Hospital, Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Medway Council and Medway Community Healthcare. It provides support for patients medically fit to be discharged, but who still require additional home support.
Patients receive a full assessment in their own home, within two hours of leaving the hospital First patient has a face to face assessment in their own home by an occupational therapist to discuss what social and/or health care is needed to help their recovery. A care plan is then jointly agreed with the patient, which can include equipment to restore patients back to their daily routine of getting around the home and preparing meals to receiving regular home visits from a healthcare professional.
In less than a year Home First helped over 1000 patients to get back home quickly. Home First has been a success because it brings together health and social care services to deliver more joined-up personal services with staff providing care and working as part of the same team.