ACC Introduction

Find out more about the Anticipatory Care Calendar.

The Patient Safety Collaborative programme aims to reduce avoidable harm and to improve patient/client safety. This tool helps to achieve this through a process of observation, assessment, action, review and recording. The tool was originally developed and piloted within the field of learning disabilities, but it has also been successfully trialled in dementia and frail elderly care.

The ACC is a simple tool to improve the daily surveillance of health for adults with learning disabilities or dementia.

People with learning disabilities are often supported by social care staff who themselves do not have access to health care information or training, thus, patients often arrive into health services in crisis due to poor early diagnosis.  The calendar has been devised to promote regular screening and health assessment in order to achieve a higher level of wellness in the learning disability population.

Often, the physical health issues are missed and the problem is interpreted as a behavioural problem.  This is similar also for older people with dementia.  The disability or dementia is seen and not the person.

The Anticipatory Care Calendar:

  • Streamlines pathways of care.

  • Prompts staff to think about the health of residents daily, this enables a proactive response to any changes rather than a reactive response in a crisis.

  • Improves early detection of cancer and other diseases.

  • Improves screening uptake (where appropriate).

  • Improves communication amongst health professionals and staff.

  • Enables health professionals to see a visual picture of a person’s health for the first time by analysing change.