The JIT is working with partnerships to help them deliver the zero delayed discharge targets, of having no-one delayed longer than 4 weeks by April 2013 and 2 weeks by April 2015. JIT is also focusing on support to improve care pathways and reductions in overall bed days lost to delayed discharge.
The JIT has assembled a team of experts who are available to work with partnerships. In addition, this team is working with Scottish Government officials to understand the reasons behind the most complex cases, to consider where the faults are that can lead to overly long delays under the Adults with Incapacity Act and to help implement the recommendations of the Delayed Discharge Expert Group.
Report of the Expert Group - Delayed Discharge [126Kb]
In addition to this on-going work the JIT has developed various tools that can be used by partnerships themselves.
A Good Practice Guide
A short Good Practice Guide to discharging patients who may lack capacity
This guide is designed to assist staff in Health and Social Care partnerships in Scotland through the process of discharging patients from hospital who may lack capacity.
It sets out a summary of the procedures to follow and alternatives to consider in an effort to help staff streamline the discharge process.
A Self Assessment Tool
You can access the Delayed Discharge - Sustaining the Zero Standard 'What Works': A Self Assessment Tool for Partnerships here.
An Outcome Based Evaluation Framework
This short guide framework has been designed to assist in the evaluation of smaller scale projects and specifically to demonstrate the outcomes of the project to all stakeholders.
This longer guide is designed for a more detailed evaluation of outcomes for use in more complex projects.
Delayed Discharge Pathway Review
The Pathway Review and guidance notes are available here.
You can access the Delayed Discharge Partnership Brief for Diagnostic and Scoping work here.