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Service will help care for elderly in their own homes

Health leaders have joined forces with the voluntary sector to launch a new service that will help frail and elderly people in the High Peak stay at home rather than go into hospital.

NHS North Derbyshire, Hardwick and Erewash Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have contracted NDVA (formerly North Derbyshire Voluntary Action) to provide a Voluntary Sector Single Point of Access (vSPA) service that will go live on Monday.

The service will link local people at most risk of hospital admissions to the extensive range of support services that exist across the voluntary and community sector (VCS).

Patients will be referred to vSPA by any health or social care professional while voluntary organisations will also be able to refer their clients to the vSPA service for even more support.

Dr Ben Milton, Chair of NHS North Derbyshire CCG, added: “The vSPA will provide one referral route into health and social care voluntary services, enabling people to receive services at home or as close to home as possible.”

The aim of the service is to reduce avoidable hospital admissions, support people returning home from hospital or when leaving statutory services, and help people to stay independent at home.

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