NHS Improvement has written to the chief executives of all trusts providing community services setting out actions they must implement to reduce delayed transfers of care over winter. | NHS Improvement | HSJ
NHS Improvement chief executive Jim Mackey has said trusts must help improve delayed discharges over winter and listed six actions they need to carry out in the next six months:
- Facilitate the sharing of patient data with acute and social care partners and from 7 November ensure daily situation reports are completed “to enable better understanding of community services at a national level”.
- Jointly assess discharge pathways with local partners including “being an active participant in the local acute provider’s discharge and hosting operational discussions daily where necessary to discharge patients in community settings”.
- Develop “discharges hubs” over the next six months and beyond, designed to be a single point of access for patients moving between acute and community services.
- Ensure a “robust patient choice policy” is implemented.
- Clarify to partner organisations what services the trust offers to patients.
- Ensure collection of patient flow data and data on plans to improve patient flow.
Full detail is given by NHS Improvement who have produced the following report to help improve flow into and out of community health services:
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