Evidence and good practice in transfers of care in acute, community, mental health and ambulance services.
Latest statistics highlighted in the report state that delayed transfer of care in August 2015 were caused by a range of complex challenges within the patient journey from health settings back into the community or social care. Workforce capacity and skills mix, and flow within and between organisations are also key issues – the report makes a link with the Carter efficiency review, which states that improving work flow could save £2bn for the NHS.
The report gives evidence that delays in the discharge of mental health service users are also a key challenge. People in crisis or at suicide risk may face care in inappropriate settings or have to remain as an inpatient when there is no suitable housing or community support package in place.
The report includes a call to action, calling…
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