Scheme showcased as best practice

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An innovative scheme helping to transform care to some of the region’s most vulnerable patients has been showcased in NHS England guidance.

Sheffield’s Discharge to Assess initiative, which was developed by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Sheffield City Council, is one of a handful of projects from across the country highlighted in NHS England’s ‘Quick Guide: Discharge to Assess’ transforming urgent and emergency care services in England.

The new guidance provides practical tips and resources so that other NHS and social care organisations can initiate and develop similar systems.

In Sheffield the model has played a pivotal role in better meeting the ongoing rehabilitation needs of elderly patients once they no longer need urgent hospital care. It supports frail, elderly people to be discharged home from hospital in a more timely way and with real time support to enable them to continue living independently at home.

The initiative has also had a secondary beneficial reduction in the number of falls suffered by older people when and where the model is implemented.