Where Best Next Campaign: Reducing Length of Hospital Stay (NHS England)

Summary

Approximately 350,000 patients spend more than three weeks in a hospital each year, often with poor outcomes:

“Many older people, particularly those who are frail and may have dementia, actually deteriorate while in hospital – a stay of more than 10 days leads to 10 years’ muscle ageing for people most at risk”. NHS England / NHS Improvement, June 2019.

NHS England has launched the “Where Best Next?” campaign, also known as “Why not home? Why not today?”, encouraging NHS staff to reduce avoidably long hospital stays for patients.

The central principles are:

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Reducing long stays: Where best next campaign. [Online]: NHS England, August 16th 2019.

A later press release:

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New NHS plan to help patients avoid long hospital stays. [Online]: NHS England, August 19th 2019.

See also:

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Reducing length of stay. [Online]: NHS England, circa 2019.

Action Cards for Different Healthcare Professionals

A set of action cards highlights important considerations to reduce long hospital stays, tailored for specific professional groups:​

For Doctors:

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Reducing long stays. Why not home? Why not today?: action card for Doctors. London: NHS England, August 16th 2019.

For Nursing Associates:

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Reducing long stays. Why not home? Why not today?: action card for nursing associates. London: NHS England, August 16th 2019.

For Pharmacy Teams:

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Reducing long stays. Why not home? Why not today?: a guide for pharmacy teams. London: NHS England, August 16th 2019.

For Registered Nurses:

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Reducing long stays. Why not home? Why not today?: a guide for registered nurses. London: NHS England, August 16th 2019.

For Physical (and Other) Therapists:

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Reducing long stays. Why not home? Why not today?: a guide for therapists. London: NHS England, August 16th 2019.

Case Studies Illustrating Reducing Length of Stay Principles

There are a few case studies showing how the main reducing length of stay principles have been put to the benefit of patients.

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Putting the principles into practice: Principle 4. Embed multidisciplinary team reviews. Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. London: NHS England, August 14th 2019.

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Putting the principles into practice: Principle 3. Establish systems and processes for frail people and their families. South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust. London: NHS England, August 14th 2019.

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About Dementia and Elderly Care News

Dementia and Elderly Care News. Wolverhampton Medical Institute: WMI. (jh)
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