Improving hospital and care home transfer of care

Ward staff preparing transfer of care

A resource pack has been launched to improve the transfer of care between King’s College Hospital and care homes in Southwark and Lambeth.

The Care Home Resource Pack contains templates, guidance and important information about the care home and hospital transfer of care process. This will allow care home and hospital staff to carry out safer, more coordinated and effective transfers of care, which will improve the experience for local people.

One of the main sets of documents within the pack is the Transfer of Care Bundle, which was developed by local care home and hospital staff.

Lorna Thomas, Home Manager at Queen’s Oak Care Home, said: “It was fantastic to work with hospital colleagues to help improve the transfer of care process.”

Specialist nurse with care home resident

The Care Home Resource Pack has now been rolled out on every ward at King’s College Hospital and across the care homes in Southwark and Lambeth.

Nicky Hayes, Consultant Nurse for Older People at King’s College Hospital, said: “It’s great to see the pack on our wards, as I’m sure it will help us all become more joined up in the transfer of some of our most frail patients.”

An equivalent resource pack has been launched on every ward at King’s College Hospital. Care home staff should expect to see more transfer of care documents coming in with residents from hospital.

The Care Home Resource Pack was developed as part of Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care’s Acute-Care Home Interface project.