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People generally prefer to cared for at home or close to home in their local community rather than in hospitals or institutions.

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Ourhealth: informing, supporting, connecting Ourhealth: informing, supporting, connecting

By providing information on the services available and how these services are performing in the South West, the Ourhealth website helps patients and carers work with health and care professionals to improve their experiences and the experiences of others. Ourhealth will roll-out across the South of England by the end of December 2012, building on the pilot project in the South West. Read more »

Dementia Shared Lives

The Dementia Shared Lives Project, will seek to develop a bank of Shared Lives placements, where people open their own homes to provide care to people with dementia, these placements could be used for long term care, rehabilitation/recuperation, respite short breaks and social and day activity. Read more »

Better Care Better Value indicators

The Better Care Better Value indicators compiled by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement identify potential areas for improvement in efficiency whilst improving quality. They can help to stimulate ideas on where commissioners should focus their attention in re-designing and shifting services away from the traditional setting of the hospital and out towards community based care. Read more »