Minister sees STARRS in action
02 Oct 2014
Minister for Quality at the Department of Health, witnessed firsthand a
pioneering service to help a North West London borough’s most vulnerable
patients recover and stay well and independent.
Earl Howe was
given an insight into how the Short Term Assessment, Rehabilitation and
Reablement Service – STARRS team in Brent is helping older people to recover at
home or receive care in the community rather than experiencing unnecessary long
stays in hospital. He was able to hear firsthand from staff in the STARRS team
about the benefits of integrated working for both patients and professionals.
The STARRS teams
brings together clinicians and professionals with a range of skills and
experience including geriatricians, nurses, social workers, physios and occupational
said: "This approach is the way forward and promises to bring new benefits and
better results for patients. I was very impressed by all the staff I met from
STARRS and by the service they provide.”
Lord Howe was
shown how the STARRS team responds rapidly to a deterioration in a patient’s
condition and makes early interventions help many people to be treated in the
community rather than going into hospital. 95% of patients in a recent survey
described themselves as "very satisfied” with the service.
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