April 2022 Recap
April has been an interesting month for Hospital to Home. There has been lots of activity internally, however we have also seen the impact of pressures on Hospitals over the Easter period. We stay in regular contact with our customers and will see how this develops through May.
These are the H2H highlights for April:
Discharge to Assess Workshops
This month we ran two very well attended and interesting workshops. The theme of the workshops was The Changing D2A Model in response to the Hospital Discharge and Community Support Guidance March 2022.
These workshops were our most well attended to date and the conversation was fascinating. We took the opportunity to reflect on the previous workshops we have run and then moved into the future for D2A.
Attendees were engaged in the conversation and contributed well. We ran some polls during the session too and these are the outputs from the talking points
What is the biggest challenge you are facing in D2A?
In the first section of the workshop we shared the outputs from the previous workshops we have run. To find out more about these head to our news page on the website and have a look at our previous blogs.
In the sessions we gave attendees the opportunity to vote on their biggest challenges and these are the results of the two workshops:
It was clear from the group that pressures on resource and creating a single source of the truth regarding D2A are consistent problem across organisations.
All of the challenges in the poll are interconnected and one certainly impacts another. Hospital to Home is a solution which can help with all of these challenges. We are committed to a user centred approach and these sessions help inform how we continue to develop the system.
A real positive that has come out of the sessions and was again shared by this group is the power in bringing professionals together to be able to share and learn. It was a pleasure to facilitate the different conversations and allowing the group to ask questions and hear from others from across the country. We will continue to hold these sessions over the year, looking to draw in relevant themes and discussion points.
Right now, what are your thoughts on the D2A approach post April 2022?
This topic of conversation was aimed at understanding what the current thoughts are, heading beyond April 2022 with the new guidance. These are the consolidated responses from both of the sessions.
We can see that Home First remains the ethos for the majority of organisations and this was discussed further in the final topic of the day.
What are your plans for D2A post April 2022?
The final topic of conversation was all about the groups plans going forward and how they were planning on tackling discharge to assess and whether indeed that was the preferred approach.
These are the results from the polls:
It is clear that D2A is still the preferred choice whilst there are some organisations considering how they move forward, with a possible hybrid model as an option. This matches the new guidance from government which states:
“From 1 April 2022, local areas should adopt discharge processes that best meet the needs of the local population. This could include the Discharge to Assess, Home First approach. Systems should work together across health and social care to jointly plan, commission, and deliver discharge services that are affordable within existing budgets available to NHS commissioners and local authorities, pooling resources where appropriate.”
The guidance goes on to say how Home First is still the preferred choice and evidentially, the best approach for discharge support and community care.
To read our article on the D2A Guidance please follow the link below.
Our next workshops is all around intermediate care and to find out more, hit the link below.
Exciting Developments in Progress and Kicking off Soon
Work is continuing on interoperability – there is exciting work currently taking place with North Lincs and Goole Hospital Trust. We are developing that integration to FHIR standards, a real positive for H2H utilising the most advanced API standards in the world of Health.
We are developing a bulk upload option for organisations to upload discharges into H2H. This is will be of benefit to all of our users and will act as a sensible early phase for those organisations ultimately seeking interoperability with electronic patient records.
Plans still maintain for Spring 2022 seeing us kick-off the work on Intermediate Care. As we speak to more and more Local Authorities and Adult Social Care teams the Intermediate Care requirement is one which is continually raised. This much needed extension of the H2H functionality will be a key development in 2022 and we look forward to working with our existing users on shaping this work.
Keep an eye out for a lot more information coming your way later this month!
Alongside the big projects we are incrementally releasing smaller improvements to the system from our backlog. These requirements are a mix of existing requirements, new requirements and back end system requirements.
If you want to find out more about Hospital to Home and what 2022 holds do not hesitate to contact us by follow the link below.
iNetwork Awards 2021!
The iNetwork Awards 2021 take place this month.
Hospital to Home is represented in two categories through North Lincolnshire Council and CC2i.
North Lincolnshire Council are finalists in the Transforming and Innovating Public Services category.
CC2i and partners are finalists in the Partner Excellence Award category.
The winners will be announced on Thursday 19th May at the in person awards ceremony; a delightful return to normalcy after a couple of years of Covid enforced virtual events. Fingers crossed!
For more information on the awards, click the iNetwork logo below.