The Health Board has well-developed plans for improving discharge planning, however performance fluctuates and there is scope to improve the discharge policy, pathways and training. [Exhibits 5 and 6 have been revised since the original publication in December 2017.]
Discharge planning is an ongoing process for identifying the services and support a person may need when leaving hospital (or moving between hospitals). The aim is to make sure that the right care is available, in the right place and at the right time. An effective and efficient discharge process is an important factor in good patient flow and key to ensuring good patient care and the efficient and effective use of NHS resources.