Top tips for implementing a collaborative commissioning approach to Home First

These top tips seek to enable health and care systems to identify what they need to commission to enable people to remain living independently at home, avoiding unnecessary admissions to hospital and enabling a safe and timely discharge home after a hospital stay.

Following a Home First discharge philosophy, these top tips aim to:

  • encourage joint working between health and social care
  • facilitate creative solutions in partnership with the voluntary and community sector, and the wider community
  • cut out delay in assessing and commissioning care
  • improve the organising of care at the end of a period of recovery and reablement
  • focus on a strength-based approach
  • support informal carers and wider family network
  • enable people who fund their own support to make effective choices.

The top tips are divided into five categories, as follows:


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