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A Practical Guide to Improving Discharge Practice

Wed, 18 Sep 2024

Virtual, Online

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Following the new Statutory Hospital Discharge and Community Support Guidance, this conference focuses on practical approaches to improve discharge practice and improve the outcomes for patients who no longer meet the ‘criteria to reside’ so they can be discharged from hospital, cared for in more appropriate settings, and to release much-needed capacity within acute providers.

“Key priorities include…; reducing the delay for patients who are still in hospital beyond their discharge ready date”

NHS England 2024/25 priorities and operational planning guidance March 2024

“To improve flow and therefore waiting times and clinical outcomes we ask that you focus on reductions in…: the number of patients who are still in hospital beyond their discharge ready date, as well as the length of delay”

NHS England 2024/25 priorities and operational planning guidance March 2024

“Once people no longer need hospital care, being at home or in a community setting (such as a care home) is the best place for them to continue recovery. However, unnecessary delays in being discharged from hospital are a problem that too many people experience.”

NHS England, 2024

“12,200 patients a day remain in hospital despite being well enough to be discharged. Behind each of these figures is a person who is struggling to receive the timely care they need and deserve, despite the best efforts of staff.”

Sarah Woolnough, Chief Executive of The King’s Fund, January 2024

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve discharge practice

  • Reflect on national developments and learning from the Statutory Hospital Discharge and Community Support Guidance

  • Learn from outstanding examples of changing culture and improve discharge practice

  • Explore case studies including best practice in supporting over 500 discharged patients recover at home

  • Ensure a whole team approach and understand how team members can be empowered to discharge

  • Understand the root cause of long stays in your service, and move from a criteria to discharge to a criteria to reside approach

  • Improve the identification and discharge assessment of patients needing complex discharge support early

  • Learn how the Better Care Fund is being used to improve discharge practice and why it is being revised

  • Understanding the legal framework for managing complex and delayed discharges (depending on capacity status of patient)

  • Explore and understand established roles in discharge including the Patient Flow Team and the Adult Principle Social Worker

  • Learn from trusts that have improved discharge practice

  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice

  • Supports CPD professional development and acts as revalidation evidence. This course provides 5 Hrs training for CPD subject to peer group approval for revalidation purposes

Speakers include:

Camille Oung

Nuffield Trust

Ms Rosslyn Young

Assistant Director of Nursing & Quality
NHS England Midlands & East

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience 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 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 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 Sarah Jane for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Fee Options

Virtual NHS, Schools, Care and Public Sector



Virtual Voluntary sector & charities



Virtual Commercial organisations



(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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