In Scotland there are over 600 people with complex and enduring needs ‘living’ in NHS care. These people have been identified as not requiring continuing NHS care, they have no discharge date and they have been in hospital settings for one year or more.
Since 2012 we have been chairing the Good Life Group made up of Housing Associations, iHub, the Scottish Government, the Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers (ALACHO) and the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS). A main aim of the group has been to ensure that people with complex and enduring needs ‘living’ in NHS care can get care and support in community settings. With the help of Kindred, a parent-led organisation, we will also work to make sure the nearly 7,000 children in Scotland described as having multiple and complex health and social care needs don’t end up in a long term hospital care situation.
The Good Life Group has been awarded funding from Health Improvement Scotland to work in partnership with City of Edinburgh Council to support people with complex care and support needs in Edinburgh, who are currently living in hospital to live in a community setting. From this work, an evaluation framework will be developed to transfer learning to other parts of Scotland. We welcome this long awaited conversation about long term hospital care and we will work to make sure people are admitted to and discharged from hospital appropriately.
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