British Red Cross
The British Red Cross, as part of our humanitarian mission, have been helping people to prepare for, cope with and recover from all kinds of crises for almost 150 years – from disasters and conflicts, to individual injuries and other personal challenges.
We agree with the Government and NHS England that an ageing population, greater demand, and out-dated models of care, are putting increasing pressure on our health and social care systems. Our work helps alleviate some of the pressure.
On an ongoing basis, we work with hospitals to help them with patient flow. And we can scale up that support when it is needed most, responding to calls for help from over-stretched hospitals or backing up the ambulance service.
Our services also help people at home after they’ve been in hospital. Through our Support at Home services, wheelchair loans and mobility aids we work with each individual to offer them personal support – whether it is getting them home safely, doing the shopping or helping to sort the heating. It can often make the difference between staying at home and having to go back into A&E.
Through our first aid training and hospital and community services, we also help to make sure fewer people reach the point of crisis, preventing them from needing to attend hospital in the first place.
Our local teams of highly committed staff and volunteers offer quality services which are delivered within our Quality Standards Frameworks and we also have extensive experience of working within multi-agency frameworks.
Each year, we help around 80,000 people to live independently at home, loan 100,000 mobility aids, and help 250,000 people learn life-saving first aid skills.