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New primary care nurse role

The NHS is developing new ways to help older people maintain their health and avoid hospital admission with the launch of a new advanced primary care nurse role.

The scheme, being piloted in nine English primary care trusts, is based on an Evercare healthcare improvement programme developed in the US.

It involves the use of specially-trained nurses to identify and monitor at-risk older people so that treatment can be given in the community before a visit to hospital is necessary.

In the US Evercare has reduced hospital admissions by fifty per cent, with more care being provided in the community instead.

Early findings show that:

The development of a new advanced primary nurse role can lead to better co-ordination of pro-active care of older patients and better collaboration with GPs and geriatric consultants

  Better monitoring and education of older patient populations means high-risk patients can be identified and treated before hospital admission becomes necessary

  The work is already addressing the needs of vulnerable older people in the community, using primary care - local doctors and nurses - as the main way of delivering care.

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