Making the right call

Future scenario

Joanne supports several people with long term health conditions, enabling them to continue to live independently at home. She has built up a lot of knowledge about signs to look out for and urgent care options, and has always felt that she has valuable insight into how the emergency admission process works and whether it could provide a better experience for patients and carers.

Now working within a larger, multi-disciplinary team she can play a greater role. For example, she has received coaching from a local hospital consultant from whom she can also access immediate support and advice. This includes examples of symptoms which should raise concerns, so Joanne has the reassurance that she knows when it is right to call an ambulance and how she can help to prevent emergencies.