STRUCTURE: Good Hope Hospital, part of Heart of England Foundation Trust, has launched a “recovery at home” service this week.

The trust launched the scheme with Healthcare at Home Ltd, which provides home-based care services.

The service aims to enable patients to leave hospital as soon as they are clinically able and complete their care in their own homes.

The deal is intended to cut lengths of stay in hospital, freeing up pressure on wards by providing capacity for 26 “virtual beds” in the community. Patients being treated in the community will still be under the care of their hospital consultant, and treated by a team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists and healthcare support works.

Sue Moore, managing director of Good Hope Hospital said: “The resource savings are far outweighed by the potential reduction of risk to patients while in the acute setting.

“We have not quantified but expect to see a reduction in falls, infection and medication errors. We also foresee that patients may access social care at a later stage as a result of being supported in their own home environment.”