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Reablement Inspection: Another Social Care service gets 100% ‘Good’ inspection. - And takes pressure off our Hospital

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Bletchley Community Hospital Reablement team has, according to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) scored a ‘good’ grading across all inspection areas.

Bletchley Community Hospital Reablement team has, according to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) scored a ‘good’ grading across all the 5 following inspection areas:

· Is the service safe?

· Is the service effective?

· Is the service caring?

· Is the service responsive?

· Is the service well led?

The reablement team based at the Bletchley Community Hospital are part of Milton Keynes Council’s ‘Reablement and Rehabilitation service’, known as ‘Intermediate Care.’

The service provides short term, 6 weeks, personal care to older and disabled people who have left hospital so that they can become independent again after illness.

December figure is the equivalent of 3 to 4 wards of patients.

At the time of the inspection in December 2017 there were 89 people receiving support from the reablement team. Without this support they would have remained in hard pressed MK Hospital taking up between 3 to 4 wards.

Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Housing, Cllr Nigel Long, welcomed another CQC inspection report highlighting the quality of Council services. He also told the Councils Budget Scrutiny committee on the 9 January that “We will continue to protect services like reablement. Not only are they good services that help people stay independent in their own homes, our top priority, but the service is crucial to helping Milton Keynes Hospital safely discharge patients, freeing up beds for more serious medical cases. In December the number being supported at home was equal to 3 or 4 hospital wards. Just think what pressure the hospital would have faced without the Councils’ reablement service.

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Cllr Long concluded, “As with other recent inspection reports, the high quality and caring nature of the staff is highlighted. I am proud of the work and commitment of staff. I am proud we have good services like reablement in Milton Keynes and that we are working closely with the hard pressed hospital.

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