COMMUNITY and voluntary groups in Tameside will be given grants for schemes helping free up hospital beds.It’s part of a package of measures drawn up by Tameside Council to reduce pressure on the NHS by supporting people to remain at home, supporting people to return home quicker following a hospital admission and reducing hospital attendances.The initiative is funded by the Council’s allocation of £1,154,000 from the Government’s recently announced Adult Social Care winter funding, to be spent through to March 2019.Many of the proposals will improve the social care system and boost existing services.
The grants – for projects with the aim of avoiding social isolation and improving health, thus avoiding hospital admissions and reducing the chances of people accessing health services inappropriately – include:
£28,000 to MIND to support people with mental health conditions
£22,000 to Age UK to support older people over the winter months
£11,000 to Action Together to expand Miles for Smiles, a community transport scheme to take people to and from hospital appointments.
£11,000 to We Shall Overcome to provide food and emergency survival kits to vulnerable and homeless people
Grants under £10,000 to The Together Centre, Beatrix House Café and Active Tameside Transport for projects to help older and vulnerable people.
Other measures include block booking ten transitional care home beds, so that people delayed in hospital because a bed at their home of choice is not available have an interim placement, and expanding the Reablement Service to support people experiencing a crisis at home to prevent them having to go into hospital.
It will also fund three additional social worker posts to support admissions avoidance and discharge from hospital as well as increasing occupational therapy capacity to support the prompt assessment and reassessment of individuals.
Tameside Council Executive Leader Councillor Brenda Warrington said: “Our NHS and Social Care services are under increasing pressure, particularly during winter, so we’re using this funding carefully to support projects that will help keep people out of hospital and to remain at home, as well as supporting the timely and safe discharge of people to free up hospital beds for those in need.”