Early Intervention Team (EIT)

Early Intervention Team (EIT)

Box : 298
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ

Email : add-tr.eit@nhs.net

Working hours : 08.00 - 20.00, seven days a week.

Early Intervention Team Service

We are a multidisciplinary team with knowledge and experience in assessment, management and complex discharge planning of older people admitted to the CUH.

We provide early specialist assessment and frailty screening for older people at the earliest point in the patient's journey with the majority of patients being reviewed in our emergency department.

We deliver improved and earlier engagement with families, relatives and community services to better streamline communication & information gathering.

Early Intervention Team Background

Three teams working at the front door (SAFE team, START /Admission Avoidance Team & ED Therapy Team) are merged to form Early Intervention Team.

The service was initially set up to provide rapid early assessment, suggest a management plan and provide complex discharge planning support (where appropriate) for older people admitted into non-geriatric wards and short stay wards.

The intention was to adopt a holistic approach, considering all aspects of the patient’s level of function and social situation, thereby giving the ‘home team’ the benefit of accurate and pertinent information as early in patient’s admission as possible. By doing this we can minimise the number of multiple ward moves for older patients by enabling them to be supported better.

Benefits the Early Intervention Team Provide

  • Dedicated service providing support to medical teams for whom details of older persons care are not everyday issues.
  • Identifies complexities and constraints at outset of admission.
  • Provides early availability of collateral information, especially when patients living with dementia, delirium or were admitted out of hours with minimal information.
  • Identify and review older people with complex needs who have not been placed in a DME bed, standardising care and monitoring progress.
  • Dedicated link with families and Next of Kin, (permission prevailing) who on occasion feel marginalised and under-informed. Anecdotally this has been found to reduce the number of complaints in this area.
  • Acts as a driver for early assessment in patient’s pathway, thereby driving down length of stay.
  • Raise the profile of older persons care: ready availability of information and collaboration via EIT has been recognised and acknowledged by specialist teams.
  • Provides early therapy assessments to enable early discharge and avoid unnecessary hospital admission
  • Provides early complex discharge planning specialist support and signposting in the Emergency Department and short stay areas
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