What is Anticipatory Care?
Anticipatory Care is proactive healthcare and support, targeted at people of all ages living with frailty, multiple long-term conditions and/or complex needs to help them stay independent and healthy for as long as possible at home, in the place they call home or in their local community.
It focuses on providing the support based on what is important to the individual, improving health inequalities and health outcomes for the population of Lincolnshire.
Anticipatory Care reduces the risk of long term health conditions worsening that would result in an individual needing a hospital stay or visit.
Personalised patient care
Individual’s needs form the basis of the Anticipatory Care support programme. We work with people to understand these along with their healthcare preferences and give them a voice to help design their own personalised care that meets their needs, improves their health and wellbeing, and reduces their risks of poor health in the future.
How we do this
Individuals who would benefit most from the Anticipatory Care support model will be selected based on their health and well-being needs.
Anticipatory Care will be delivered in a joined up and co-ordinated way. Professional primary and community health services as well as health and social care services staff will speak with one another to ensure this and to achieve the best health outcomes for the individual.
An Anticipatory Care Plan (AC Plan) will then be produced and developed over time through conversations, collaboration, views, and experiences along with shared decision-making between the individual and the healthcare teams.
Community Health services and Primary Care Networks will deliver the plans in partnership with community health services and other partners, to include:
- NHS teams
- Social care
- Mental health teams
- Community pharmacy
- Housing sector
- Voluntary sector
- Community partners
As part of the Anticipatory Care programme delivery, we create well-managed, flexible working environments that support our staff and promote their welfare and development. This enables teams to better help and support their patients through up-to-date specialist knowledge, skills, and facilities.
Why Anticipatory Care?
Anticipatory Care is a core element of achieving the NHS Long Term Plan’s commitment of supporting people to age well. This clear ambition for the NHS means that the delivery of Anticipatory Care will be joined up and co-ordinated between primary and community health services as well as health and social care services.
There is strong evidence that the core components of Anticipatory Care can improve outcomes and experiences of care for people of all ages, and mainly but not exclusively, for individuals who are living with frailty and/or long term conditions, adults living with multiple complex health conditions and/or disabilities and those who are approaching the end of their life.
Anticipatory Care focuses on what is important to the person and provides individuals with the right care at the right time that improves their health and enables them to live more independent and healthy lives for longer, preventing rapid deterioration and reaching crisis point.
Anticipatory Care focuses on what is important to the person; providing the right care at the right time that improves health and enables people to live more independent and healthy lives for longer. This also helps prevent rapid health deterioration and individuals reaching crisis point where they might need reactive health care such as emergency hospital admission.