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Intermediate Care

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 24 January 2007

The term intermediate care describes services that meet all the following criteria:

are targeted at people who would otherwise face unnecessarily prolonged hospital stays or inappropriate admission to acute in-patient care, long term residential care, or continuing NHS in-patient care;

are provided on the basis of a comprehensive assessment, resulting in a structured individual care plan that involves active therapy, treatment or opportunity for recovery;

have a planned outcome of maximising independence and typically enabling patient/users to resume living at home;

are time-limited, normally no longer than six weeks and frequently as little as one-two weeks or less; and

involve cross-professional working, with a single assessment framework, single professional records and shared protocols.