Northamptonshire’s new Rapid Response team

A new service supporting some of our county’s most vulnerable residents has launched this week – and is expected to help us avoid up to 1,500 hospital admissions each year across Northamptonshire.

The Rapid Response team will change the way we respond to elderly people who fall in their homes or in a care home. Too often today this leads to an ambulance being called and an admission to hospital, even when the person would rather stay and recover at home. The new service will mean people who fall can quickly access the safe treatment and support they need at home while easing pressure on our ambulance services and hospital emergency departments.

The service is being delivered through NHCP and is made up of the following partners: Northamptonshire Adult Social Services, Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and East Midlands Ambulance Service. The service is further supported by the Northamptonshire CCGs (NHS Nene and Corby CCGs) and Northamptonshire County Council’s Public Health team. It will see council therapy workers working alongside ambulance clinicians and nurses and will respond to ambulance calls for patients after a fall at home.

Pictured above right is Northamptonshire’s new Rapid Response team in training ahead of the launch of the service on Monday 4 November. For more information click here.