The social care sector needs to start evidencing positive outcomes of care in the home in order to be considered an equal partner with health, experts in the field have said.
Speaking at the United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) Digital Solutions conference on Tuesday, UKHCA CEO Jane Townson (pictured) said: “We are not evidencing what we are doing in home care and that the care that we are are providing is efficient.
“The public won’t necessarily be interested in this data, but people in health and local authorities will. So the more information we can gather the better.”
The Good Care Group managing director Dominque Kent said her business is about to publish a paper on how collecting and analysing data contributed to a 22% reduction in UTI-related hospital admissions.
“When you talk to NICE, there’s very little by way of evidence in social care settings, so that’s what we need to start creating – the evidence base – in such a way that we will be considered an equal partner with health and a viable option for people to stay in their own homes rather than keep bouncing backwards and forwards,” she said.
The challenge, Kent said, is getting this evidence heard by local and central government.
“What I’ve found is despite having all this data, getting heard is the real challenge,” she said.