Moving healthcare closer to home: case study: Older Persons Assessment and Liaison team: Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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This is one of a suite of case studies designed to increase awareness of schemes to move healthcare closer to home. The Older Persons Assessment and Liaison (OPAL) team provides early comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) in the acute hospital to prevent avoidable admissions to inpatient wards and remove barriers that can lead to longer stays for older patients. Important features of the service are senior clinical leadership and working with partners. The team works closely with care homes and residential homes, and refers patients to support services to minimise their risk of readmission. It also develops care plans to help primary and social care teams support patients. (Edited publisher abstract)

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older people, assessment, early intervention, integrated care, community care, home care, hospital admission, care homes;
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practice example
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