Local Care Direct is a key partner in a new National Pilot to develop a community-based urgent care service for some of some of the most vulnerable, elderly patients.

Kirklees is one of seven national ‘accelerator’ sites which will receive a share of a £14 million national investment.  The funding is part of a commitment set out in the NHS Long Term Plan to help keep older people well at home and reduce pressure on hospital services.

Local Care Direct is part of an alliance of local providers, with NHS Greater Huddersfield and NHS North Kirklees CCGs, working with Primary, Community and Social Care organisations. It was this broad, collaborative approach that made the Kirklees bid for a pilot successful.

Local Care Direct will now work with the partners to develop the service, which will ensure urgent health and social care support is available within two hours to help the elderly and those with complex needs remain well at home and avoid hospital admissions. The service will also ensure people receive tailored packages of care designed to restore independence and confidence after a hospital stay, within two days.