Urgent Community Response

Urgent Community Response ('UCR') is the collective name for services that improve the quality and capacity of care for people through delivery of urgent, crisis response care within two-hours and/or reablement care responses within two-days. From the 1st July 2020 data has been collected on the delivery of the two urgent community response standards – crisis response care within two-hours from any referral source and reablement care within two-days from any referral source except a hospital ward/bed – through the Community Services Data Set (‘CSDS’).

Why offer an Urgent Community Response (UCR)?

The NHS Long Term Plan is committed to improving care for our population, and to ensure that greater control is given to the individual to make choices about what care they may want, and where that care is received, with more care and support being offered in or close to the people's homes, rather than hospital. A key element to support this vision is the development of more rapid community response teams. National guidance on what rapid community response teams should offer highlight the need to:

  • Ensure full geographical coverage of two-hour crisis response care
  • Provide services from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week
  • Accept referrals from all appropriate sources
  • Submit data about the services to the national team

Sheffield has an established cross organisational project team who have been working hard to offer a UCR service that delivers the national requirements whilst importantly considering 'what matters' to the patient and their family/carers.

UCR Newsletter

A regular newsletter is produced which provides updates on:

  • Service delivery including data
  • Patient experience
  • Staff experience
  • Service development

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