Community Care Services cover a wide range of services that are provided outside of a hospital or care facility enabling individuals to live more independently and enabling them to integrate within their community more easily. Currently community health services account for around £10 billion of the NHS’s total annual budget and around one-fifth of the entire NHS workforce.
Community Care Services are available to adults of all ages, whether they are elderly, struggling to cope with mental illness or living with some form of chronic/long-term physical disability. They are essential in allowing vulnerable individuals to live a more independent life without the need for them to move into a full-time care facility or hospital. Community Care Services are mainly delivered in people’s homes; however, they can also be provided through community hospitals, intermediate care facilities, clinics, and schools.
Community care teams are made up of a wide variety of professionals including GPs, community nurses, allied health professionals, district nurses, mental health nurses, therapists, and social care workers.