New Step Down Unit opens in Worcester

Step Down Unit
To set up the new unit, the County Council has worked closely with a range of health and care partners throughout Worcestershire.
Published Tuesday, 23rd January 2018

A new unit to support individuals take the next steps of their recovery after they are discharged from hospital has opened in Worcestershire.

The Step Down Unit in Worcester, close to the Hospital, is aimed at supporting people who are being discharged from an acute hospital but need a period of assessment to understand what their future care and support requirements are.

This may be long term care in a care home or care in their own home. Previously, individuals would be accommodated in different locations, such as care homes, where they would receive care and support but often became more dependent.

Now, with a dedicated unit , the service will be more targeted resulting in more people  achieving the right outcomes for  them. It is Worcestershire County Council's top priority to ensure that people live independently for as long as possible. During their stay at the Step Down Unit each person will have an individual solution developed for them.

To set up the new unit, the County Council has worked closely with a range of health and care partners throughout Worcestershire. 

This has created more than 20 new social care posts. These posts are currently being recruited to, to showcase the Step Down Unit and welcome in potential new carers, two Open Days have been planned for next week to find friendly, kind and positive individuals who want to make a difference.

Councillor Adrian Hardman, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Adult Social Care, said: "The Step Down Unit will increase efficiencies, improve outcomes for patients and reduce the complexity of packages of care needed to support them.

"We are working together with our health partners to relieve growing pressures at the hospital and the opening of this Step Down Unit will contribute towards that."

The Open Days are taking place on Sunday, January 28th and Monday, January 29th  from 10am until 3pm at the unit.

It will give people the chance to have a look around and ask questions informally about the service to help people decide whether to apply.

Staff will be available to help any potential candidates who do not have easy access to a computer, complete the forms and get their applications started on the day.

Hours to be worked will be flexible and a comprehensive induction and training programme is in place.

Director of Adult Services, Sander Kristel, said: "We're looking for caring people who want to make a real difference to other people's lives. They don't necessarily need to have previous experience as we have very effective training.

"We want families to walk into the Step Down Unit and know that their loved ones are receiving the best possible care that is solely focussed on their immediate needs and long term independence.

"We have a great team currently working at the Step Down Unit and we want to build that up into something even better for the benefit of patients."

The unit has 30 beds and opened at the start of December and will build up to full capacity.

For more information about the Open Days or to apply for a social care role contact 07789 650245 or email Work4us@worcestershire.gov.uk