Sheffield patients spend longer than necessary in hospital, report finds

People in Sheffield are more likely to be admitted to hospitals and to stay longer than necessary compared to other cities, a report has found.

This is an issue of inequality, most frequently seen in deprived communities where there may be insufficient access to preventative care services.

A report proposing a joint commissioning plan to improve healthcare in Sheffield will be discussed this Wednesday at Sheffield City Council.

Reducing inequalities and increasing the capacity for community based services will be at the forefront of the report which will be presented for consideration in front of a scrutiny committee.

Tackling this will involve setting up a joint commissioning committee comprised of four Cabinet members and four members of the Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)’s governing body.

Its main focus will be on a preventative model. It will aim to create a more integrated healthcare system in Sheffield and will prioritise services for frail people and those with special education needs and disabilities, as well help for people with mental health issues.

The report was compiled by Director of Public Health Greg Fell and Lead Project Manager Nicola Rust.