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Timely Discharge from Hospital

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Title: Timely Discharge from hospital

Author: Liz Lees

Publisher: M&K Publishing, 2012

Reviewer: John Davies, discharge facilitator, mental health services for older people, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

What was it like?

The book is split into five sections covering fundamentals of discharge practice, a UK perspective on hospital discharge, multi-disciplinary working, developing educational support and case studies. The chapters can be dipped in and out of for reference on particular areas of interest or read from cover to cover for a more complete guide to hospital discharge. Each chapter is written by a different author however the chapters flow well together.

The writing is backed up with substantial and wide ranging use of referenced material.  


What were the highlights?

This book describes a well-researched, whole person and system approach to hospital discharge. The importance of good hospital discharge planning is discussed in depth. One of the highlights of the book is the discussion around the new and developing role needed within hospital teams to address the increasingly complex issues and priorities around this topic. The book also gives the reader a strong perspective on the evolution of discharge planning in the other areas of the UK: This allows the reader to compare areas of good practice.The case studies cement the theory discussed into a practical and useful model.

Strength & Weaknesses:

There is discussion of a pragmatic approach, where the practicalities of putting theory into practice are discussed. In future editions, it may be beneficial to build on this, particularly around the complex funding streams that are often needed to secure the discharge of older people in need of home or care home packages. The book also acknowledges and explores the use of IT in discharge planning, however, this could be discussed further to consider the use of partner organisations IT systems, enabling  a more integrated approach to discharge planning. The mMental cCapacity aAct and discharge planning is not discussed in depth.

Why should I read it?

This is a necessary read for all members of the clinical hospital team. Hospital managers would also find the material useful and informative and assist in providing better discharge pathways.

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