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​​​​Don Berwick visits Sutton Homes of Care vanguard ​


Renowned American healthcare expert Don Berwick met the Sutton Homes of Care Sutton vanguard team and partners this morning to discuss the successes and promising future of the new care models programme. Friday morning’s visit consisted of informative presentations, fruitful discussions and a tour of Sutton’s Crossway’s Nursing Home.

 
Professor Berwick has built his international reputation as president and chief executive of the US-based Institute for Healthcare Improvement, bringing a scientific approach to the quality, safety and cost of healthcare systems. His latest role, working with NHS England and the King’s Fund, is to support the vanguards across the country, developing the new care models of care outlined in theFive Year Forward View. Professor Berwick is visiting Sutton to better understand how the vanguards are spreading their work across the region and nationally.
 
The Sutton Homes of Care vanguard programme was developed to improve the health and quality of life for all care home residents in Sutton by delivering a new care model that offers older people living in care homes improved and integrated health care and rehabilitation services. The programme has demonstrated significant financial savings as well as improvement in clinical indicators and most importantly, resident experience. Data suggest that residents’ length of stay in hospital has been reduced by four days, saving approximately £183,000 a year as well as a 12% reduction in A&E attendances per 100 beds. In addition, it the Hospital Transfer Pathway ‘Red Bag’ Initiative is estimated to save £290,000 from reduced loss of residents’ belonging and provide more seamless care for residents.
 
 
Brendan Hudson GP Chair of NHS Sutton CCG said: “We were very pleased to have Don Berwick with us here today in Sutton. We were able to have some very productive discussions around quality, safety, education and integration of the programme.  We are very proud of the Sutton Homes of Care programme and Don Berwick gave some invaluable advice and feedback on the future of our vanguard programme.”
 
Professor Don Berwick, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement said: “The participation in the vanguard process here shows the enormous power of learning and teamwork and how cooperation can produce miracles. It's amazing. As far as [Crossway's] home goes, it gives real meaning to the 'home' part of 'care home...' because this feels like home where people are really loved and valued."