The Home First programme was launched on 1st June 2021 and supersedes the previous ‘Hospital 2 Home’ and ‘Keep Me at Home’ work streams. Its aim is to streamline the processes in place to facilitate safe and timely hospital discharges, as well taking preventative steps to help avoid unnecessary admissions.
When someone is discharged from hospital, they tend to recover more quickly when they are in a familiar environment and surrounded by their family, friends and possessions. Home First is delivered by a range of health and social care professionals who work with individuals to determine their care and support needs and tailor the service accordingly. Co-production and person-centred decision-making are central to every case, in keeping with the service’s ethos of empowerment and meaningful collaborative working.
The programme has been shaped by the findings of an independent review of the former ‘Hospital 2 Home’ approach, undertaken by the Institute of Public Care in partnership with regional colleagues. It sets out clearer routes for care and support that align with the national Discharge to Recover and Assess (D2RA) model and prescribed pathways 0 – 4. This was a key recommendation highlighted via the review, and will be hugely beneficial in terms of ensuring consistency of implementation across Wales.