National evaluation of intermediate care for older people


Intermediate care is a key government priority, with £900 million announced in the NHS Plan. This three year evaluation from the Universities of Birmingham, Leicester and Sheffield focuses on the factors that help and hinder the development of intermediate care, on progress to date, and on the costs and outcomes associated with different types of intermediate care

The evaluation had five main aims:

  • To establish the range, spread and speed of development of intermediate care services across England
  • To explore the views of intermediate care leads on the benefits and challenges of implementing intermediate care policy
  • To assess the impact of intermediate care on the service system as a whole and on individual service users
  • To explore the costs of intermediate care schemes in relation to their outcomes
  • To synthesise evidence from this and other research on the costs and outcomes of different models of intermediate care and on best practice.


National evaluation of intermediate care for older people executive summary report (pdf; 66KB; opens in new window)

Date: 2006
Researcher: Jon Glasby