Launch of the Home care Toolkit

Clinicians, NHS professionals and adult social care representatives came together with the charity sector for the launch of the Northern Neurological Alliance’s (NNA) Home care Toolkit on 14 September 2016.

As many of you will know, NNA has been working with people who have a neurological condition, health professionals, Gateshead Council and home care providers to develop and test the toolkit over the last two years.


Funded by the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC), the Home care Toolkit asks all those with a stake in a patient’s health and wellbeing to use a set of  standards to ensure that the quality of the home care they deliver is fit for purpose and tailored to the needs of that individual. Collating Toolkit responses from patients may reveal training needs for provider staff and managers alike.

An event was held at The Beacon, Newcastle to launch to toolkit. Keynote speaker Steph Edusei, CEO of Healthwatch Newcastle, set the scene on the importance of home care. She highlighted research into patients’ perceptions of care in the region which suggested that the right services weren’t in place for patients with neurological conditions being discharged home.

Speaking of the Home care Toolkit, Steph said: “It’s a great way to keep service users and carers in the driving seat of patient  care”.

Kate Bowman, Development Officer at the NNA, gave delegates an overview of the Home care Toolkit discussing how the resource could act as a benchmark for care professionals.


Kate said: “The NNA’s Home care Toolkit was developed to empower the individual to monitor their own care. If somebody is going to be choosing care for the first time in their lives they will have a set of standards to look at – we want the person at home to feel supported with their care and for the care giver to feel comfortable in delivering care.”

Dr Seamus O’Neill, Chief Executive of the AHSN NENC, said

“From early on the AHSN NENC recognised the potential of the resource, both for patients and care providers, and we are committed to supporting organisations through collaborative working and sharing knowledge in order to improve the region’s healthcare. The event provided a fantastic opportunity for care professionals to gain insight into the development of the Toolkit, the research that underpins it and the intentions for future use.”

For an electronic copy of the Home care Toolkit click here.

For further information and to discuss using the resource please contact:  Margaret Stewart at


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