This paper from Natalie Offord and colleagues describes a service redesign in which has gained learning and experience in two areas. First, a description of measured improvement by the innovation of redesigning the traditional hospital-based assessment of frail older patients’ home support needs (assess to discharge) into their own home and meeting those needs in real time (discharge to assess). In combination with the formation of a collaborative health and social care community team to deliver this new process, there has been a reduction in the length of stay from completion of acute hospital care to getting home (from 5.5 days to 1.2 days for those patients that require support at home). Second, the methodology through which this has been achieved.
The authors describe their translation of a Toyota methodology used for the design of complex cars to use for engaging staff and patients in the design of a healthcare process.
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