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Learning materials for effective Hospital Discharge
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There are two training packages available here. Both are intended to support staff in managing hospital discharge effectively.


1  Discharge from Hospital: pathway, process, and practice

This package supports good practice guidance: Discharge from Hospital: pathway, process and practice, published by the Department of Health in January 2003. The material currently consists of eight modules, which are based on the best principles of established good practice in hospital discharge. An additional module is being developed for use in emergency units.

In April 2003 the Department of Health introduced legislation - the Community Care (Delayed Discharges, etc.) Act 2003 - which builds upon these principles, providing new incentives for local partners to improve performance.

The Act places new duties on both NHS and social care partners around hospital discharge communications and planning, and introduces a daily reimbursement charge, payable by local authorities to the NHS, for any delays for which councils are solely responsible.

Some basic information about the legislation is included in the training modules.

 Click here for the Discharge from Hospital: pathway, process, and practice learning materials


2  A Basic Guide to the Community Care (Delayed Discharges, etc.) Act 2003

This second training package is a further guide to the new arrangements and their implications for staff.

Information is available on:

  • What I need to know about reimbursement as a staff member of social services
  • What I need to know about reimbursement as a staff member of an acute hospital

Appropriate links to more detailed information are also included.

 Click here for A Basic Guide to the the Community Care (Delayed Discharges, etc.) Act 2003