Public Sector Event

Seven-Day Discharge And Planning

Venue: Hallam Conference Centre
44 Hallam Street

Date: 23 Jan 2014

Synopsis: This interactive day focuses on ensuring early planning for discharge from hospital and delivering the recommendation to support patients to leave hospital seven days a week.

“Patients need the NHS every day. Evidence shows that the limited availability of some hospital services at weekends can have a detrimental impact on outcomes for patients, including raising the risk of mortality. NHS England is committed to offering a much more patient-focussed service. Part of this commitment will be fulfilled by moving towards routine NHS services being made available seven days a week.” NHS England 2013 Supporting patients to leave hospital 7 days a week is a critical element of delivering 7 day NHS services. In spring 2013, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), The NHS Confederation, Society for Acute Medicine and College of Emergency Medicine brought together frontline professionals, leaders, policymakers and innovators in healthcare to consider the future for urgent and emergency care services. The priority areas for action include: “We must focus on supporting patients to leave hospital seven days a week” The forum state that “Effective discharge planning can reduce length of stay and readmission, and is therefore a vital element of emergency care. However, the discharge process is often complex, with some patients requiring a social care assessment, capacity assessment, mental health assessment, best interests assessment and subsequent actions. A safe, supported discharge relies on effective integration of primary, community, secondary and social care services, which should be resourced and available seven days a week…. We must continue the current drive towards seven-day services across and beyond the health service, and improve integration and collaboration between health, social and community care teams.” Urgent and emergency care: a prescription for the future 2013


Kerry Tarrant Tel: 01932 429933 Fax: 020 8181 6491