Stakeholders Cooking on Gas to Make Liverpool Homes Safer

CLAHRC NWC has teamed up with Partner Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (LCCG) to help facilitate and evaluate a strategy for the implementation of its “Safer Homes” initiative.

The Project involves installations of Stove Guard - cooker fire prevention, carbon monoxide and gas detection-shut off system that will save lives in homes across Liverpool.

A cohort of vulnerable older people will be used as a sample, identified through referral pathways of GP’s, NHS Trusts and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, to kick-start the installations.

“This is a product enabling vulnerable older people to live independently for longer in their homes and reduce re-admission to hospital”, said Pooja Saini, Manager for the Knowledge Exchange Theme at CLAHRC NWC. 

Trials of the scheme have already been taking place in Liverpool and service user input was obtained via the YMCA where stove guards were fitted for a pilot study, resulting in no further incidents and a reduction in call outs for the fire service. 

The aims of the “Safer Homes” initiative:

•           Completely remove the risk of death or serious injury of vulnerable people due to cooker fires,
            gas explosion or poisoning by gas or carbon monoxide.

•           Eliminate the risk of death or serious injury resulting from use of
            inappropriate heating sources – such as three bar electric fires – by
            vulnerable people whose gas-fired central heating is unusable due to a key-
            locked gas shutoff valve.

•           Eliminate out-dated use of gas and electric cut-off devices, which can only be affected with Carer
            (family Carer or Professional Carer) intervention via the use of a lockable device.  Usually with
            keys being stored in a key-safe box

•           Vulnerable older people will be able to live independently for longer; thus
            delaying or preventing entry into longer-term care and/or hospital admission.

•           Reducing hospital admission for people suffering the effects of exposure to prolonged low-level
            carbon monoxide poisoning.

Mark Gabbay, Director of CLAHRC NWC, and facilitator of the event at LCCG’s headquarters, said “This is what CLAHRC NWC is all about. In this room we have the fire service, registered social landlords, engineers, academics, NHS, local authority, LCCG and patient and public representatives all collaborating. Working out the best way to bring these innovative pieces of kit into people’s homes to reduce risk to health and pressures on the local health economy. We are mapping out the pathway from referral organisations to installers so it is clear how it works, and if it doesn’t work smoothly sometimes, why that might be.”

With pressure on bed spaces in hospitals and the cost of care homes increasing, the frail elderly target group was identified as an issue by the CLAHRC NWC Partners and NHS Trust staff highlighting an emerging trend of elderly patients using electrical appliances inappropriately – thus initiating this program of work.

Further updates will be provided on the CLAHRC NWC website.


More articles     Posted on: 25 February 2016