Why not home? Why not today?

Why not home? Why not today?

In 2016, Newton was commissioned through the regional Better Care Support Programme to assess the factors driving high rates of delays across three local systems in the North of England. The findings from this analysis were published in a report, ‘Why not home? Why not today?’, describing the range of causative factors underlying delayed discharges and making recommendations for how systems address these.

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Why read this report

This report describes the work in detail, to share experience and to make a contribution to national learning on how to tackle this major issue of disjointed systems, processes and decision-making. Every day, this results not only in poorer outcomes and ill-health, but also represents a hugely significant waste of precious resource.

Since ‘Why not home? Why not today?’ was published, the processes and thinking outlined have been used by other systems to inform their approaches to improving peoples’ journeys through systems of health and social care, particularly on discharge from hospital.

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