- Read the new Quick Guide which supports local health and social care systems with discharge to assess models
- Reduce the time people spend in hospital once their acute care has ended
- Support people to return to their home, whenever possible
Acute settings are not appropriate for assessing a person’s long term care needs and this guide offers practical information for both commissioners and providers on discharge to assess and provides top tips to help localities initiate or improve similar systems, including best practice from across the country.
Why is this important?
Staying in hospital has negative consequences for patients, especially the frail elderly who will experience physical decline, loss of mobility, their ability to function as they did before admission as well as a loss in confidence. It also impacts on patients who are unable to access beds occupied by those medically fit for discharge. Therefore, we need to ensure people are in hospital only for as long as they need acute medical and nursing care. Assessment for longer -term care and support needs should be undertaken in the person’s own home (where possible) or another community setting.
What is the new guide?
This guide contains practical tips and links to a wide range of tools and resources to assist, implement or improve existing discharge to assess approaches.
A blog, written by Martin Vernon, National Clinical Director for Older People and Person Centred Integrated Care at NHS England, is available here to support the work and we encourage all colleagues who read it to share and discuss it within their local systems.
A unique series of open day events have also been scheduled to support the implementation of discharge to assess. Five local systems (which are described in the quick guide) are offering the opportunity to spend time with their clinicians and managers involved in setting up and running discharge to assess - to answer questions and share more information on:
- How their discharge to assess model operates;
- How they got started;
- How they have implemented and maintained changed ways of working; and
- Practical tips learned along the way.
These events are ideal for anybody looking at introducing a discharge to assess model, or enhancing/up scaling an existing model:
Over to you: Have you set aside 15 minutes to read this guide and discuss with your colleagues? Can you spare some time to find out more by attending an open day event near you?
We hope you find this guide useful.