PERFORMANCE: Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital FT intends to reduce emergency admissions by a quarter over the next three years.

The target is set out in its forward plan strategy for the next three years, which was submitted to Monitor in April.  

It is one of the aims the FT wishes to achieve through the integration of acute, primary and social care, so that it is providing “seamless care that spans the whole patient pathway”.

Using this approach, by 2013-14, it plans to have achieved a reduction in total emergency admissions by 25 per cent, readmissions by 60 per cent and a 90 per cent reduction in nursing home admissions.

At this point it says it intends to have a “vertically integrated health care system in place with clear alternatives to hospital admission”.

By 2012-13, the FT is looking to have reached the key milestones of a 10 per cent reduction in acute admissions, 60 per cent cut in admissions from nursing homes and a 40 per cent reduction in readmission.