The NHS has launched new online training aimed at reducing the waiting times for patients in hospital.
NHS England and Health Education England have launched their ActNow e-learning in an attempt to get patients home from hospital faster.
With nearly 350,000 people in hospital for more than three weeks, many of whom are elderly, the NHS has begun to take steps to reduce the window of time patient’s face in hospital in an attempt to avoid the potentially dangerous infections and deconditioning that longer hospital stays place patients at risk of contracting.
The new educational resources will aim to aid staff in taking action to ensure that patients are cared for in the environment that best suits them.
Deputy chief nursing officer for England, Hilary Garratt, said: “We want to ensure that all patients benefit from the shortest possible stay on a ward, getting home as soon as they are fit to leave with the support they need.
“This new ActNow resource will help nursing and care teams in the vital role they play throughout a patient’s journey, and are ideal to include as part of team training or for professional development plans for nurses at every level, including our non-registered colleagues.”