In this paper the Commission outlines a number of suggestions that will help avoid admission to hospital by providing better access to care closer to home and creating healthier communities.
It makes it clear that there is a real opportunity to build on changes made during the pandemic and redesign and mainstream new ways of working that benefit the patient by providing more support in the community.
- Maximising the potential of community-based Allied Health Professionals and High Street services, delivering care such as pharmacy, podiatry, ophthalmology and physiotherapy within community settings
- Transforming pre-habilitation and rehabilitation services outside of hospitals including using leisure centres, community facilities and digital support.
- Establishing a national tech-enabled self-management service to help people manage and remotely monitor their own health and wellbeing
- Expanding Point of Care Testing (POCT) to ensure technology can support many tests, previously taken place in hospitals, to be undertaken earlier and more rapidly in the community, by a range of health professionals.
Please note: This paper should be read alongside the Bevan Commission publication ‘Doing Things Differently: Tackling the Backlog in the Aftermath of Covid-19’.