Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) and West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) have welcomed their first patient to their new Recovering Independence Bed Unit in Turn Furlong, Northampton. This new residential rehabilitation centre, which was formally a specialist care centre, is a pilot model that will be delivering short-term care for people who are not quite ready to return home after a hospital stay.
The first patient to be referred in via this new pathway was welcomed to Turn Furlong on Tuesday 2 November and the team will see a further 3-6 admissions in the coming week. Patients who are admitted will be cared for by health and social care staff employed by NHFT and WNC.
Opening these new rehabilitation beds on a joint workforce model is creating a solution to the long-standing challenge around improving flow and outcomes for patients. Primarily this will be people who have been referred to avoid emergency admission to hospital or those who have been discharged from acute care.
The unit is unique as it is a dual CQC registered intermediate care centre providing health and care support. It will remain open until the end of March 2023.