The winning project
BRICSS is a scheme to prevent ‘bed blocking’ by providing high quality accommodation for people being discharged from hospital that are homeless or living in inadequate housing.
Run in partnership with Bevan Healthcare CIC, the scheme is one of the first of its kind in the country and has since been adopted as a pilot in other areas.
Homeless people are six times more likely to access healthcare through A&E and their length of stay in hospital is likely to be three times as long – an average of 6.2 days compared to 2.1 days.
An independent report found that the scheme has increased planned and relevant primary healthcare e.g. managing medicine, visiting GPs, and reduced unplanned and inappropriate contact with secondary care e.g. frequent visits to A&E and admissions to hospital. It looked at six cases in detail and found that these saved more than £280,000, most of which would have been spent on lengthy stays in hospital.
Client surveys indicated a high level of satisfaction with the accommodation and services offered, saying they feel more confident in managing their home, health and finances.
What the judges said
Real innovation and real results.