QIPP and Discharge Pathways for Older Adults

On the Department of Health Website there is a description of QIPP projects – short for Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention. The description reads as follows:-

QIPP is working at a national, regional and local level to support clinical teams and NHS organisations to improve the quality of care they deliver while making efficiency savings that can be reinvested in the service to deliver year on year quality improvements

The website contains a number of useful resources relating to QIPP. Amongst these resources are the QIPP case study films found here. One of these films is about the discharge process for older adult patients in NHS Calderdale. This can be downloaded as a film, audio file or a PDF transcript. The audio file is fairly short at 5 minutes. There are lots of soundbites from staff and carers about how the process works. The community matron describes the process which from the description focuses on identifying basic information about length of stay in conjunction with the local IT department and moves through to involving the patient in the process, setting goals for discharge times, establishing pathways and responding to more complex cases. It would have been interesting to hear more details about the processes here. However there are quite a few films here and they can provide useful ideas for service development.

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