Moving healthcare closer to home: summary

SCIE Social Care Online
Publication date:
01 January 2015


Summarises the findings of a project examining examples where provision of non-elective care moved from an acute hospital to the community. The Five Year Forward View has encouraged efforts to deliver more healthcare out of acute hospitals and closer to home, with the aim of providing better care for patients, cutting the number of unplanned bed days in hospitals and reducing net costs. Drawing on the lessons from a set of case studies, this analysis shows that: well-designed schemes to move healthcare closer to home can deliver benefits in the long term; it is difficult, however, to cut costs across a local health economy in the short run; and better data and improved pricing would help. The paper is part of a suite of materials developed to support providers and commissioners making decisions about schemes to move healthcare currently provided in acute hospitals to community-based settings.