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Communications PO Box 11, Chelmsford CM1 1LX

PROMOTING SAFER PROVISION OF CARE FOR ESSEX RESIDENTS

11 June 2014

Launch of Prosper Project: Tuesday 17th June
8.00 – 10.00 am (speakers begin at 9am)
The Council Chambers Foyer, County Hall, Duke Street entrance, Chelmsford; CM1 1QH

 

Essex County Council is proud to announce that the Health Foundation, an independent charity working to improve the quality of healthcare in the UK, has awarded ECC £450k funding for a social care scheme to improve resident safety across Essex care homes.

The funding is for a two year pilot scheme which aims to improve safety, reduce harm and reduce emergency hospital admissions primarily from falls, pressure ulcers and catheter infections, for care-home residents across north-east and west Essex.

The project looks to build on the skills of those working in care homes to implement change and build a safety culture in the care home. Twenty one care homes from north-east and west Essex have signed up for the first cohort of the project.

Cllr Anne Brown, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said: “Improving the lives of residents is a clear priority for the Council and innovative new schemes such as this demonstrate our commitment to ensuring people get the support they need and the improvements in health care that they are entitled to. I’m delighted that the project has been so well received by our Essex care homes and I look forward to seeing the results.”

The project is being developed in partnership with Essex County Council, University College London Partners (UCLP) and Essex Care homes, and is one of ten nationwide projects to be funded. It is the first time the Health Foundation has funded a social care project.

Notes:
A significant proportion of people aged 85 years or older, live in care homes and have complex healthcare needs, as a result of multiple long-term conditions, significant disability and frailty. Seventy per cent of care-home residents have a form of dementia and 30 per cent have advanced dementia. This puts them at particular risk of admission to hospital or significant deterioration in their health and quality of life.

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