Guidance on hospital discharge

August 25, 2020

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published new guidance on hospital discharge for providers of health and care services.

The publication is aimed at NHS Trusts, community interest companies, and private care providers of NHS-commissioned acute, community beds, community health services and social care staff.

Alongside this, Government has announced £558m for people leaving hospital to cover adult social care or the immediate costs of care in their own home.The NHS will be able to access this funding from 1st September. It comes as part of £3bn provided to protect and prepare health and social care in the event of a second peak of COVID-19 during winter.

Welcoming the latest hospital discharge guidance, Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says, 'Care England welcomes this guidance, although tardy, and the £588m funding being made available until the end of March 2021. Continuing Healthcare assessments were deferred as a result of COVID-19 and with winter around the corner this guidance comes at a critical time. We hope that individuals, providers and families will be kept informed, thereby ensuring that both funding and the provision of care is not interrupted for those living in care homes, an essential part of the continuum of care.

'We look forward to the new system taking shape and appeal to clinical commissioning groups to work with providers and individuals to ensure that speedy and quality decisions can be reached. It is imperative that funding is not interrupted during the transition period.'

The guidance on hospital discharge is available to read on the Government website, and has accompanying materials including action cards detailing how roles will change and what is expected from different services.

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