This example of a local initiative forms part of our managing transfers of care resource.
The approach to implementing trusted assessment involved:
- identifying the best team to develop trusted assessment – using an interface team of nurse, physiotherapist, occupational therapist and social worker
- developing a trusted assessment tool with care partners – undertaking an interagency review of existing tools and stakeholder consultation to develop a trusted assessment tool
- testing the process within a safe environment – with patients transferring from hospital to stepdown beds
- evaluating the impact – which showed that 66 per cent of patients were transferred the same day, 28 per cent the next day and 3 per cent at a later date. Issues identified related to mobility, communication and discharge planning.
Discharge Nurse Specialist
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust
Nurse Consultant Older People
Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust