A SCHEME that helps people recover in their homes and keeps patients from going into hospital in the first place has been given the funding to carry on.
The Enhanced Recovery and Support at Home group helps patients with complex health and social care needs and provides support so they can live independently in their homes.
It is run by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and Hampshire County Council.
The team of 22 physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and physical and mental health nurses, has cared for 900 patients since the pilot was launched in October.
It has been given £900,000, which means it can carry on providing the service until April next year.
It is currently helping 120 patients from Fareham, Gosport and Havant.
Dr Jane Williams, clinical programme director for integrated rehabilitation for the trust, said: ‘We’re delighted ERS will continue.
‘It’s about supporting individuals to regain and maintain their independence.
‘The teams offer intensive support, tailored to the individual.
‘Some patients will receive a tailor-made programme of rehabilitation with up to four visits a day if required.
‘It’s about enabling patients and ensuring people are not just supported, but their confidence and ability to manage grow as well, which is vitally important.’
The extra funding has been given by the Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group and South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
Dr Jenny Allinson, a GP representative on the governing body for SEH CCG, said: ‘We know most patients, if clinically appropriate, would prefer to be supported to remain in their own homes to recover from illness rather than be admitted into a hospital.
‘We also know people cared for at home are likely to return to better health and greater independence compared to if they had been admitted to hospital.’
She added: ‘This service was introduced as a pilot over the winter period, and it has proved its worth – the feedback from both patients and GPs has been very positive.’