NHS England in collaboration with Health Education England has launched a new e-learning tool called ‘ActNow’ to assist health service and care staff in reducing hospital delays for patients.
There are ~350,000 patients who spend more than three weeks in acute hospitals every year, many of whom are frail older individuals. For such patients, a short stint in hospital is sometimes required, but a longer stay can render them vulnerable to infections or deconditioning. Evidence shows that longer hospital stays can lead to muscle ageing which could result in permanently less mobility or inability to perform tasks in the elderly.
The new online resources will assist the staff to make prompt practical decisions and utilise all opportunities to ensure the best care for patients. It will focus on the use of new technology, effective early discharge planning and home care after discharge. Additionally, completing the online course can contribute to continued professional development and ongoing learning for health professionals.
Hilary Garratt, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for England said: "We want to ensure that all patients benefit from the shortest possible stay on a ward, getting home as soon as they are fit to leave with the support they need."