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

Friday 12 July 2019
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Reducing Long Hospital Stays: Improving Patient Flow, Discharge Practice and Admission Avoidance
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“Nearly 350,000 patients currently spend over three weeks in acute hospitals each year.” NHS Improvement March 2019

“For seriously ill people a hospital stay is often unavoidable, but we know that too many people – particularly the frail and elderly – are ending up trapped on wards for days on end.” Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Director NHS England, March 2019

“As many as a third of people in hospital stay longer than they need to, often because they can’t get treatment close to home. As well as the pressure it puts on the health service, staying in hospital can be bad for patients’ health. The evidence shows that for older people, ten days in a hospital bed leads to the equivalent of ten years of muscle ageing – risking their health and reducing their independence.” Department of Health and Social Care 21 November 2018

“Unnecessarily prolonged stays in hospital are bad for patients. This is due to the risk of unnecessary waiting, sleep deprivation, increased risk of falls and fracture, prolonging episodes of acute confusion (delirium) and catching healthcare associated infections. All can cause an avoidable loss of muscle strength leading to greater physical dependency (commonly referred to as deconditioning). Tackling long stays in hospital will reduce risks of patient harm, disability and unwarranted cost, particularly for those who are intrinsically vulnerable because they have mild or moderate frailty and/or cognitive disorder, and for whom a different, more positive outcome can be achieved if the right steps are taken very early in their admission. Hospital-related functional decline in older patients and the subsequent harm has dreadful consequences for many patients, and is something we should not tolerate.” NHS Improvement 2018

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.

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


Delegates who have previously attended this conference say:

"Amazing programme, very well explained changes/news about other trusts’ achievements, and new improvements from NHS England"
"Very informative and lots of ideas that could be adapted to my service"
"Very well structured and organised. Relevant topics for discussion – all speakers very passionate about patient centred care"

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