Definition or reference in Statutory Guidance
Care and Support Statutory Guidance
(From Care and Support Statutory Guidance, para 2.12 - Intermediate Care) Services providing short-term care (up to 48 hours)
NICE Guideline NG74 - Intermediate care including reablement
Community-based services provided to people in their own home or a care home. These services aim to avoid hospital admissions. Crisis response usually involves an assessment, and may provide short-term interventions (usually up to 48 hours). Crisis response is delivered by a multidisciplinary team but most commonly by healthcare professionals.
Source: NHS England Intermediate Care Programme (based on NICE NG74)
What and where? - Community-based services provided to people in their own homes (or care homes) to people in a crisis situation needing urgent support. Usually short-term interventions lasting up to 48 hours.
Why? - Aims to avoid hospital admissions.
Who? - Delivered by multidisciplinary teams but most commonly by healthcare professionals.