The Oxford Patient Safety Collaborative started this work in 2016 with East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group. Simple measures were introduced within four care homes to reduce urinary tract infections (UTI) requiring antibiotics or admission to hospital.
The focus on hydration through structured drinks rounds and correctly identifying signs and symptoms of a UTI led to other improvements including better quality of life for care home residents and reduced costs to the NHS.
The initiative has now spread to 13 care homes across the Oxford AHSN region and a further ten care homes in the Luton area.
The care home hydration project is one of three finalists from 76 entries for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) shared learning award which rewards innovation in implementing NICE guidance.
The initiative is also shortlisted in three categories of the HSJ patient safety awards to be presented on 9 July. More here.