Improving Lives, Saving Money: Reducing the Pressure on our hospitals

In Value of Occupational Therapy by COT Editor

Our reports show access to an occupational therapy assessment at the hospital front door cuts admissions and discharge delays and reducing the time patients spend in hospital unnecessarily. NHS England data showed waiting for an assessment for care needs is a leading cause in hospital discharge delays.

A medical ‘fix’ is not enough for frail older people. Hospitals should equally focus on patients’ needs for recovery and long term independence. This report gives six key recommendations for change including the provision of occupational therapists in all rapid response and emergency care services, more occupational therapy within primary care to prevent frailty and falls-related hospital admissions and ‘out of hours’ service provision.




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