Oldham care team shortlisted for top national nursing award

The Oldham Rapid Community Assessment Team (ORCAT) has been shortlisted for a national Nursing Times award for the work it does to treat patients at home instead of in hospital.

The team is hosted by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust and is made up of health, social care and third sector professionals. The team works closely with hospital staff to identify patients who could be cared for in the community, instead of being admitted to hospital or to allow them to be discharged safely and quickly.

Since November 2016, the team have received 670 referrals - accepting 509 with 495 home assessments being completed.

Vicki Elcock, Urgent Care Service Lead, said: “The team has worked really hard to provide the best care to patients, so it is fantastic to be shortlisted for this prestigious award.

“It’s essential that community-based services work closely together, alongside the teams in our local hospitals, to ensure people can receive care closer to home. As long as the right support is in place, being at home has better outcomes for the patient who is able to regain their independence.

“It is also beneficial for the whole local health and care system, because ensuring people can be discharged quickly and safely helps to reduce some of the pressures faced by hospitals.”

The service will find out if they win the award in November.

Click here to find out how the service helped a patient called David better manage his COPD.