Occupational therapists are uniquely qualified to work across the breadth of health services including in acute, community and mental health care.
#8220;A lot of our patients really value their independence so being able to avoid an unnecessary admission to hospital is great for them.
Louise Davies, head of acute therapies and professional lead for occupational therapy at East Lancashire Hospital Trust, said the rolling out of the service has benefited patients and relieved pressure on Royal Blackburn Hospital by reducing avoidable hospital admissions.
Since the service was introduced, figures show it has prevented 76 per cent of patients being admitted to hospital and saving £200,000 costs for the emergency department at Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital.
“It is fantastic to see the impact that our occupational therapy colleagues in the East Lancashire Falls Response Service are having – helping to get patients back in the community as soon as possible with the support they need.”
The seven days a week service was introduced as a pilot in January 2015 to help reduce the number of hospital admissions in people who have fallen at home.
Once at the scene, following the paramedic#8217;s assessment, Rachel performs a fall assessment which looks at how the person is managing in their home and identifies equipment or services the patient needs if they are to remain at home or whether they need to be admitted to hospital.