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Wiltshire Council's Reablement Service has been shortlisted for MJ Award

Wiltshire Council's Reablement Service has been shortlisted for a prestigious MJ award for the way it has worked with community health partner, Wiltshire Health and Care, to integrate its services into an aligned discharge facilitation service.

Published 16 September 2021
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The judges were impressed by the way this programme has overcome longstanding problems, working creatively to deliver improved discharge impact for Wiltshire residents and providing invaluable support for the NHS.  The service has been recognised for the integration of staff from a wide range of roles and making a tangible difference to the management of the pandemic in Wiltshire.

The awards ceremony takes place on Friday 17 September 2021 when the team will find out if they have won.

Cllr Jane Davies, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said: "We are thrilled that the Wiltshire Reablement Service has been recognised and shortlisted for this award and will be keeping our fingers crossed that they win.

"Over the last 12 months the team has faced increased demands on their capacity and have been caring for people who are COVID positive in the community in order to release much-needed hospital beds. The team has also worked around the clock, seven days a week, to ensure people could be discharged from the three major hospitals in our area - Great Western Hospital in Swindon; Royal United Hospital in Bath and Salisbury District Hospital.

This national recognition of their work is well deserved, and I believe they would be worthy winners of this award tomorrow."

The Integrated Wiltshire Council Reablement and Homefirst Service has brought together 15 teams from across social care and health into one integrated discharge facilitation service.  This has been a highly successful initiative seeing people discharged from hospital in a timely and safe way from the acute settings back into their communities.  The project has involved a large staff group of approximately 300 staff who have worked in an agile way across boundaries in order to improve outcomes for the people in Wiltshire.  The achievements of the project have enabled the service to support flow from the hospitals and even when the NHS was at its most stretched the community services were able to flex and support the demand.

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