14 / 06 / 2016
Vulnerable older people often stay in hospital longer than they need to because there is not always the right support available to them in the community. This leads to poor patient experience, and means fewer hospital beds are available for those who have a medical need for them.
The Oldham Urgent Care Alliance – which includes local health organisations, the council, and private and voluntary sector representatives – implemented the Senior Persons’ Resilience and Independence Team (SPRINT) in 2015.
SPRINT is a multidisciplinary team, including community and mental health staff, acute physicians, nurses, healthcare assistants, therapists and social care workers. Based at the local hospital, the team works to provide coordinated support for older people when they leave hospital, enabling them to return home more quickly and safely.