National Audit of Intermediate Care in England - 2017 Report
The National Audit of Intermediate Care (NAIC) report, published in November by the NHS Benchmarking Network, covers organisational level data relating to the period 2016/17. Service user and patient reported experience data was collected between May and August 2017.
Some of the findings:
Effectiveness: “Evidence from the audit demonstrates that intermediate care works with more than 91% of service users either maintaining or improving their level of independence in undertaking activities of daily living, during their episode of care.”
Waiting times: “Average waiting times have slightly reduced in home based services to 5.8 days (referral to assessment) and 2.5 days (referral to commencement) in bed based services. Whilst the reduction is welcome, the averages are still higher than the two-day wait standard.”
And capacity: “It was calculated in NAIC 2012 that intermediate care capacity needed to approximately double to meet demand. Given the ageing population and the increase in emergency admissions, it is likely that demand has continued to rise over the last five years. However, as in previous iterations of the audit, there is no evidence to suggest the step change in investment and capacity needed to meet demand has been achieved in 2017. Total investment in intermediate care services is around £2.8 million per 100,000 weighted population.”