A care recruitment company is urging people in Scotland to “seriously consider” a career in care in order to help combat delayed discharges from hospital, despite bed blocking easing in the country.
NHS Scotland confirmed last week that there were 40,994 days spent in hospital by people whose discharge was delayed in April 2019.
This is a 1% drop from the 41,453 bed days recorded the previous year.
But despite the decrease, online recruitment platform Novacare says the figures “clearly reinforce” the fact that the NHS system is still “in a state of crisis” when it comes to the issue of bed blocking.
Co-founder and CEO of novacare, Stephen Wilson said: “What makes this situation even worse is that in almost all cases, delayed discharges are never the individuals fault and more often than not, it boils down to the fact that it’s the Health & Social Care Partnership’s responsibility to ensure that people have the correct follow on care and support in place for when they return home, which in many instances is simply not there.”
Novacare is working to support local authorities, NHS and service providers to recruit high quality staff more efficiently, reliably and cost effectively.
The Edinburgh based software company aims to solve the key problems faced by the industry by putting the user at the heart of its products.
Wilson continued: “Every day spent in hospital robs people of their independence and skills. They are more likely to need higher levels of support as a result of too much time in hospital as skills and abilities are often lost or forgotten. Patients being separated from their families can also be distressing, particularly where they are the main care provider or their family are unable to visit them in hospital.”