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​​​​​Minister for Community Health and Care visits Sutton Homes of Care vanguard programme​

David Mowat, responsible for community health and care met the Sutton Homes of Care vanguard team and partners this morning to discuss the successes and promising future of the new care models programme.Thursday morning’s visit consisted of informative presentations, constructive discussions and a tour of Sutton’s Crossway’s Nursing Home.​

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, the Hospital Transfer Pathway ‘Red Bag’ Initiative improves the quality of care by reducing the 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 Minister Mowat with us here today in Sutton. We had some very thoughtful discussions and it is important that our vanguard team and partners are recognized for the difference the Sutton Homes of Care vanguard programme is making for residents and the health care system as a whole every day.”  
David Mowat said: "It’s great to see the excellent work being done at Crossway’s Nursing Home, which has led to more Sutton residents being offered tailored support and families being involved in care planning at the earliest opportunity. This is a clear example of how partnership working by local organisations across the NHS can make a real difference to care and I hope that this good practice can be shared with other NHS Trusts and local authorities.”