Seconding a Specialist Practitioner in Mental Health into an Integrated Discharge Team

Tuesday, 24 March, 2015

In October 2010 a proposal was made by a multiagency group of Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP), the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Cheshire West and Chester Council, to place a specialist practitioner in mental health into an integrated discharge team.The aim of introducing this role was to facilitate the timely, safe discharge of patients over 65 years of age with possible dementia, delirium, or mental health issues, who would otherwise experience increased length of stay or delayed discharge from hospital.

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