National specialist care team gains MP's support

January 30, 2009 10:22 AM

A project to set up a nationwide team of specialist care workers and nurses has gained the backing of Cambridge MP David Howarth.

The idea, launched by the Good Companions Care at Home Agency, aims to provide a guarantee that urgent, temporary, short term care at home can be delivered anywhere in the country within three to four hours.

The team will provide generic home care services, palliative and end of life care and specialist care for those suffering from dementia.

"This national rapid response service is an excellent way of giving individuals greater choice and control to receive care and support in their own homes," said Mr Howarth.

"If successful, it should improve national and local access to services and promote national equality, helping to meet the demographic challenges of an increasingly ageing population - a growing problem which puts a strain on resources in an area like Cambridge."

The project will be rolled out in two phases over the next two years with a national call centre and rapid response on call service established first.

The second phase will aim to expand the service and specifically the specialist care services with the addition of a registered nurse palliative care team.

It will cost a total of just over £1.7 million and if all 228 local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales back the project, each will pay £7,700 in the first year and just over £9,000 in year two.

The Carlisle-based Good Companions Care at Home Agency will invest £440,000 to reduce running costs over the first three years.

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