Improving Lives, Saving Money: Reducing the Pressure on our hospitals

In Value of occupational therapy by COT Editor

Our reports show access to an occupational therapy assessment on the frontline of services cuts hospital admissions, discharge delays and reduces the time patients spend in hospital unnecessarily. NHS England data showed waiting for an assessment for care needs is a leading cause in hospital discharge delays.

A medical ‘fix’ is not enough for frail older people. The reports gives six key recommendations for change including the provision of occupational therapists in all rapid response and emergency care services, more occupational therapy within primary care to prevent frailty and falls-related hospital admissions and ‘out of hours’ service provision.

Since the publication of the reports last year the services featured are going from strength to strength and new services providing similar services are being commissioned. Our 12 months on leaflet (PDF, 1.62MB) continues to demonstrate the difference that occupational therapy can make in this crucial area. A Welsh/English version (PDF, 1.09MB) is also available.




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