What To Consider When Making A Referral

Here at Northern Healthcare, we understand the importance of housing patients in the perfect accommodation suited for their needs – as this can play an integral part in their overall recovery. With every person being different, it is important to discuss criteria with the patient to ensure that you are both selecting the best-supported facility for them. With this in mind, we have put together a few things to remember to help guarantee the right decision is made from all parts:

  1. Is the location best suited for the patient?

Location is a big factor when it comes to choosing a patient’s supported accommodation. As a referrer, you should ensure that there are relevant local amenities closely available for the patient, including shops and transport links. This will give your patient the ability to be more independent and will give them the capability to access these facilities with ease. All Northern Healthcare facilities throughout the UK ensure ease of access to all amenities needed for personal development and independent living.

  1. Is the accommodation affordable for your patient?

One of the main factors when deciding where to refer your patient, in any situation, will always be cost. Ensuring that the cost of their accommodation is affordable for them, whether that be personal payments or funding. Northern Healthcare has some of the most competitive pricing for their supported living facilities – if you have any questions surrounding cost or funding, feel free to ask one of our experts.

  1. Does the facility provide them with support tailored to their needs?

With the option of choosing from so many different facilities, you must ensure that the selected supported accommodation provide the best possible service – tailored to the patient. At Northern Healthcare we implement individual care pathways for every one of our residents, moulding the support to an optimal standard for the development of personal growth, whilst assisting in the development of essential skills needed for independent living. With a vast amount of NHS experience, as a company, we understand the importance of your patients’ individual needs and are well placed to meet them.

  1. Does your patient meet the referral criteria?

Making sure that your patient fits the criteria for the accommodation they are applying for is very important, so understanding this before applying will help the process run smoothly for all involved. For example, to be eligible for Northern Healthcare’s accommodation and support, they must be over the age of 18 with a recognised learning disorder or mental health diagnosis with the ability and willingness to engage in a Recovery or Social Inclusion Programme. If you wish for any more information regarding our referral process or you are unsure about whether you are eligible – we recommend you speak to one of our experts.

Northern Healthcare provides a high-quality mental health recovery service across the whole of the UK – with our service including both residential units and a community outreach programme. With a highly experienced team of clinical experts, we offer 24-hour support for all residents, including occupational therapy and individual care pathways. To find out more information about what we have to offer, or wish to make a resident referral, visit our website and our experts will be happy to help: https://www.northernhealthcare.org.uk/referrals/

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