British Heart Foundation launches an independent evaluation of the House of Care Programme
The ALLIANCE has welcomed the findings of an independent research exercise on the House of Care Programme.
Commissioned by the British Heart Foundation, the evaluation report (this link will take you away from our website) and animation (this link will take you away from our website) look at the implementation and impact of using Care and Support Planning (CSP) in a House of Care framework across three adopter sites in Scotland (NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, NHS Tayside and NHS Lothian) and two areas in England (Hardwick CCG and Newcastle and Gateshead CCG).
The following statement, taken from the report, echoes the ALLIANCE’s perspective of the impact of the programme and our willingness to work in partnership to build on the foundations of this work:
“On the whole, findings are generally positive: advances have been made in implementing CSP across five sites; positive staff and patient outcomes have been reported; and ongoing learning has been generated to support how CSP will be sustained. Going forward, BHF and its partners can continue to build on these achievements through ongoing and future development work.”
The independent evaluation also recommends that the BHF, the ALLIANCE and Year of Care Partnerships “should build on progress made and develop the wider case for change and further understanding around the role of wider determinants of health and supported self-management.”
The report and animation were launched at the House of Care Legacy Event at York Racecourse on 9th October. The event saw a series of presentations from representatives of the BHF, Year of Care, National Voices, the Royal College of General Practitioners and Newcastle and Gateshead CCG, one of the five adopter sites.
The ALLIANCE’s William Griffiths also outlined what initiatives are underway in Scotland to create stronger links between General Practice and the third sector – the ‘More the Medicine’ element of the House. Dr Graham Kramer provided reflections on the event in an Opinion piece on the ALLIANCE website.