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Date: 21 September 2021

Time: 22:06

Early Intervention

Making Birmingham a great place to grow old in

The Early Intervention programme has been developed between health and social care partners across Birmingham with the aim of transforming the lives of thousands of people for years to come.

The system partners include Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust, University Hospitals Birmingham, Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Trust, Birmingham & Solihull CCG and Sandwell and Birmingham CCG.

What is Early Intervention?

Early Intervention provides urgent assessment, treatment and care to people; as well as a range of integrated services that promote recovery and independence.

All health and social care professionals working side-by-side in multi-disciplinary teams support the ‘home first’ ethos, in which people - patients and residents - receive the right care, at the right time, in the right place, by the right professional, at the right cost.  

The programme consists of five components.

  • OPAL: A geriatrician lead multi-disciplinary team that ensures individuals presenting at the front door of the acute hospital get the most appropriate onward care.
  • Hubs: A multi-disciplinary team that work at the point of discharge from acute hospitals to ensure timely discharge on the most appropriate discharge pathway.
  • EI Beds: A single bedded intermediate care provision to support people to recover as much independence following a crisis as possible, ideally returning home.
  • EI Community Team: A single at home intermediate care offer that supports people to recover in their own homes and minimise the ongoing level of need an individual has and therefore the support they require.
  • Mental Health Wards: Specialist mental health provision to care for people experiencing an acute mental health episode.

Early Intervention Programme Vision

"For older people to be as happy and healthy as possible, living self-sufficient, independent lives, able to have choice and control over what they do and what happens to them."

What is the aim of the Early Intervention programme?

The aim of the Early Intervention programme is to:

  • prevent unnecessary hospital admission
  • prevent premature admission to long-term residential care
  • support the timely discharge from hospital
  • promote faster recovery from illness or injury
  • champion independent living wherever possible.

The following principles underpin the Early Intervention programme:

  • Our aim is to have one integrated model across our entire system.
  • The person must be at the centre of everything we do (with family and carer input also valued).
  • Our aim is to support an older person’s life not simply deliver a service.
  • We need to make sure each person receives the right care, at the right time, in the right place, by the right professional, at the right cost.
  • People should only have to tell their story as few times as possible.
  • Staff across organisations work together (co-locating where appropriate) to champion the ‘home first’ ethos.
  • And the result of all these points -more people will live more independently in later life.

Working this way means:

  • Organisational boundaries should not have a detrimental impact on an older person’s care.
  • No wrong door for someone that needs help.
  • Clearly defined roles to maximise skills and capacity.
  • Efficient distribution of resources within a locality.
  • Overall consistency accepting local variation where it makes sense.

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