Shropshire Care Closer to Home

The Shropshire Care Closer to Home programme aims to give people in Shropshire access to the care they need closer to where they live, either in their own home or in the community.

This will be a new way of working, bringing together the NHS, Shropshire Council, Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust (MPFT), Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust (ShropCom) and voluntary and community organisations to provide health and social care in the community for people aged 65 and over with complex needs (lots of different health and care needs).

The programme will look at how existing services might be provided differently and more efficiently, co-ordinating and integrating care with the ultimate aim of delivering the best possible care and treatment in the right place, at the right time.

Shropshire Care Closer to Home will support local people to stay well, look after people at home, or in the community, and help keep them out of hospital. It will also ensure that those who go to hospital are able to go home sooner, by providing community support as required.  This means people will be able to avoid a trip to hospital or a potential stay on a ward, enabling them to receive the support and care they need in the comfort of their own home or community, away from a hospital setting, in familiar surroundings close to family and friends.

People across Shropshire will benefit from these joined up services for better care delivered through the Shropshire Care Closer to Home programme.

Why we need to act

Currently, the pressure facing the NHS is unprecedented; people are living longer, often with multiple long-term conditions; and technological advances mean that new treatments are available. As a result, health and social care services are treating more people than ever before. This is particularly true for Shropshire where the number of over-65s is above the national average.

To meet the changing health needs of the local population we need to take steps to respond to them so that services can be sustained in the long-term.

We know people do better mentally and physically if they can be cared for closer to home by health and care staff based in the community and the evidence supports this. If patients over 65 are admitted to hospital it can mean they lose their independence and can find it harder to return back home. They may also develop further health issues as a result of changing their regular routine.

Patients themselves prefer to be treated in their home or a community-based setting because they can continue:

  • to keep in touch with their family and stay part of their local community, including being caregivers
  • to have independence, dignity and choice
  • to feel like they are not being a burden on family or friends
  • with their day-to-day life and activities.

To consider how more people can be cared for at home or in the community where this is appropriate, we need think about the whole range of services including health and social care, community services, mental health and voluntary services as well as those services provided in a hospital setting.

Contact us

If you have any queries please contact the Shropshire Care Closer to Home Programme Team at: shrccg.careclosertohome@nhs.net.