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Reducing Long Hospital Stays: Improving Patient Flow, Discharge Practice and Admission Avoidance

Friday 6 Dec 2019

De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

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Following the National Ambition to cut long hospital stays by 25% this conference focuses on improving patient flow, discharge arrangements and admission avoidance to reduce long stays in hospital.

“Action to help tens of thousands more people avoid lengthy spells in hospital is being rolled out nationwide as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.”

NHS England August 2019

“I know how hard frontline NHS staff and their council colleagues have worked hard over the last year to reduce delays in discharging patients, but we want to ensure that all patients benefit from the shortest possible stay on a ward, getting home as soon as they are fit to leave with the support they need.Not only is that better for them, reducing the risk of infection or loss of mobility for older people in particular, but it also means that more beds are available for others who need care too, easing pressure on A&E and other parts of the system.”

Prof Steve Powis, Medical Director, NHS England, August 2019

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to reduce long hospital stays
  • Reflect on national developments and learning
  • Learn from outstanding examples of changing culture and practice to improve patient flow
  • Improve the way you manage discharge planning to reduce overstaying older people
  • Learn from an organization that has achieved a 0% overstaying older people rate
  • Develop your skills in undertaking long stay patient reviews: Understanding the root cause of long stays in your service
  • Understand how you can improve the way you work to keep people out of hospital including looking at the role of the Virtual Hospital
  • Identify key strategies for implementing the SAFER Care Bundle and Red to Green
  • Ensure you are up to date with the latest evidence on discharge2assess and ensuring safety at discharge
  • Learn from trusts that have improved rates of same day discharge
  • Reduce Long Stays for Frail Older People
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice

NHS doctors, nurses and other staff are being encouraged to ask themselves ‘Why not home? Why not today?’ when planning care for patients recovering from an operation or illness, as part of a campaign – called ‘Where Best Next?’ – which aims to see around 140,000 people every year spared a hospital stay of three weeks or more.

Chair and Speakers Include:

Dr Kirsten Richards

Clinical Director, Medical Elderly
Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Mathew Mathai

Consultant Paediatrician
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience away from their workplace in an intimate environment where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events, whether it be a sponsored session, or an exhibition stand, a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage face to face with your key audience
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact katiej@hc-uk.org.uk for prices and further information, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Getting to the Venue

De Vere West One is located on Portland Street and is a 10 minute walk for Great Portland Street Underground station and a 5 minute walk from Oxford Circus
By Rail
De Vere West One is just a five minutes’ walk from Oxford Circus tube (Central, Victoria, and Bakerloo), Bond street (Jubilee) and a 10 minute walk from Great Portland Street tube (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan) and Marylebone station.
By Road
Portland Place is just north of Oxford Circus. The nearest NCP car park is approximately 300 yards away. Follow the A4201 past De Vere West One taking the second left turning onto Weymouth Street, then take the second left onto Weymouth Mews.
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Fee Options

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Voluntary sector & charities



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(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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