There are 50 care homes in Leeds West. 15 of these are nursing homes providing 24 hour nursing care. The remaining 35 are residential homes without in-house nursing support.
Older people in residential care homes are a vulnerable population and often have a number of health issues. If not managed well, these health issues can cause discomfort, pain and result in admission to hospital. In the UK, older people who are resident in care homes receive their health care from GP surgery teams (GPs and nurses from the practice). Care home residents receive the same level of care from GP surgery teams as people in the community.
It is generally agreed that older people in residential care homes are a vulnerable population and would benefit from a more proactive approach from GP surgery teams. NHS Leeds West CCG wants to improve the service that care home residents receive from GPs and practice nurses.