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A Practical Guide to Reducing Long Hospital Stays: Improving Patient Flow, Discharge Practice and Admission Avoidance

Monday 4 March 2019
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

A Practical Guide to Reducing Long Hospital Stays: Improving Patient Flow, Discharge Practice and Admission Avoidance
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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

"Nearly 350,000 patients currently spend over three weeks in acute hospitals each year. Many are older people with reduced functional ability (frailty) or cognitive impairment. The benefits of reducing hospital bed occupancy are clear, but achieving it has proven difficult, particularly during winter.” NHS Improvement 2018

“No one wants patients to stay in hospital longer than they have to, or for the health of patients to deteriorate in the very place that is supposed to be making them better. But this is happening all too often and we have to work together to change it. Every day in hospital is a precious day away from normal life.” Ian Dalton, Chief Executives NHS Improvement

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  
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence

Plus: Join the pre-conference supplier showcase to hear about the latest products and services available to support your practice. 

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