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POLICY - The landscape for bed-based intermediate care in Scotland

14 September 2017
This report describes how intermediate care beds are being provided in Scotland.  It also looks at the benefits of high quality bed-based intermediate care as part of integrated health and social care services.
Bed-based intermediate care is designed to help people avoid hospital or get home sooner, recover from illness, and plan for their future care. It is a model of care which sits at the heart of the Scottish Government’s vision for an integrated health and social care system.

This report explores how intermediate care beds are being provided in Scotland today. It looks at the evidence that shows what works well for intermediate care, and identifies a gap between the Scottish Government’s vision and how intermediate care beds are being provided across Scotland. 

Alongside the report, RCN Scotland has produced a Tool to support nursing leaders making decisions about bed-based intermediate care. Nursing staff are involved in commissioning, planning and delivery of bed-based intermediate care services, and this tool can help those staff think through what needs to be considered.

If you have any comments or would like to find out more information then please contact the RCN Scotland Policy team by emailing them at or by filling in the attached feedback form and sending it to Policy, RCN Scotland, 42 South Oswald Road, Edinburgh, EH9 2HH

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