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Minister sees STARRS in action

02 Oct 2014


Earl Howe, 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 therapists. 

Earl Howe 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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