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Speeding Up Hospital Discharges in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire

Alder Advice has recently supported the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire STP to map all its current services that support patient flow through and discharge from acute hospitals in the STP area, compare these with best practice and identify how to improve servoces and process so that the average length of stay in hospital is optimal.

The process involved:

  • Identifying what social care services and resources currently support patient flow through and prompt discharge from the 3 acute hospitals in the STP area,

  • Seeking stakeholder views on the current services and resources

  • Comparing current services and resources with best practice as identified by the Department of Health, NAO, NICE etc.

  • Highlighting differences between the current arrangements and best practice analysiing data on the effectiveness of current arrangementsin order to identify improvement opportunities.

  • Providing a business case  on behalf of the STP to invest in key improvements to services and processes that, if implemented, would provide a pay back on the investment of 2.667 and 5.334 times in the first year alone.