A new partnership has been established between NHS England and Fire and Rescue Services (FRSs) to use their resources to support older people and those with long-term conditions.
The new ‘Consensus Statement‘ launched on Older People’s day on 1 October encourages local commissioners and FRSs to carry out more ‘Safe and Well’ checks in people’s homes when they visit.
Working with commissioners, FRSs will aim to extend the 670,000 home safety checks already carried out each year into a ‘Safe and Well’ visit to help particularly the vulnerable and those with complex conditions. To help do this, we have also jointly published design principles for safe and well visits, which can be tailored to reflect local needs.
As well as reducing the risks of a fire, they will aim to reduce health risks such as falls, loneliness and isolation which will also reduce unplanned admissions and help people to stay in their own homes safely and for longer.
The fire fighters may for example quickly install a handrail, identify and address falls hazards such as loose rugs, spot hazards such as piled up papers, support earlier discharge or signpost people to local groups for help, support or company.
Some CCGs have established relationships with their local FRS to support older people and those with LTCs or are currently developing links as part of STP planning. However, a number of CCGs have asked how they could begin working with their local FRS and what they can expect. To help answer these questions we have published ‘Working Together‘. Read the latest update on Fire as a Health Asset by Jacquie White here or, for further information, contact email@example.com.
Links, supporting documents and resources
- Working together: how health, social care and fire and rescue services can increase reach, scale and impact through joint working
- Joint consensus statement
- Design principles for ‘Safe and Well’ visit
- Local Government Authority: Beyond fighting fires which features a number of case studies demonstrating how fire and rescue authorities are exploring different ways in which they can use their unique position of trust to help improve the public’s health and wellbeing. The document outlines examples from a number of areas including Kent FRAs work on dementia, and Norfolk and Suffolk’s work on childhood obesity.
- The Chief Fire Officers Association: Ageing Safely strategy document which requires fire and rescue services to think and plan far beyond their traditional role as an emergency response service.
- Community Risk Intervention Teams in Greater Manchester – A video by Chief Fire Officers Association.
- Intelligence sharing between NHS, Social Care and the Fire and Rescue Service – A video by Chief Fire Officers Association.
For more information
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fire Service project is making every contact count – Emma Latimer
- Prevent, Protect, Respond: handling more than just fires – Dr Martin McShane
- Fire service to the rescue of our health – Jacquie White
- Home safety visits with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service – Katie Walkin
- Press release – Fire as a health asset? Or a health necessity?
- Press release – NHS and Fire Service sign new consenses to help vulnerable and reduce winter pressures