The Significant Tool

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North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT), in conjunction with UCLPartners, Care City and NHS Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), has launched Significant Care, a free tool designed to help carers spot the early signs of deterioration in patients during the coronavirus pandemic.

Significant Care is a paper based tool to help support older people, their carers’ and families. The tool aims to help carers both at home and in a care home setting to identify the signs of deterioration in the person specifically related to their skin, toilet habits, mobility and levels of confusion and take prompt action.

Stephanie Dawe, NELFT Chief Nurse and Executive Director for Integrated Care Essex and Kent, said: “Patient safety is always at the heart of everything we do as health and care professionals, never more so than at this challenging time.

“The pandemic means there will be added anxieties for those who are caring for their loved ones at home and we hope the launch of the Significant Care tool will go some way to helping carers to support people in their own homes, as well as supporting those in care home settings.”

Geraldine Rodgers, NELFT’s Significant 7 Clinical Lead and Deputy Chief Nurse and Nurse Fellow for Older People, NHS Basildon and Brentwood CCG, commented: “A reoccurring theme through our conversations with carers has been the importance of accessibility of learning, based on the feedback, “If only we knew that”.

“We are therefore delighted to launch this tool to support carers at home and in the care home setting to spot the early signs of deterioration and to act quickly.”

The Significant Care tool is available here, and is free to download and use.