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Discharge Facilitator

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
26 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Community Discharge Assessment Team (CDAT) aims to prevent avoidable hospital admissions and works closely with the multi-disciplinary team, providing expertise in discharge planning and ensuring a seamless transition between hospital and community services. CDAT Discharge Facilitators are a mixture of Registered Nurses, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists.

The service aims to promote a good discharge experience for patients and their families/friends. Our main areas of work are the ED/SDEC (Same Day Emergency Care) and the acute assessment wards while working in collaboration with our community services.

CDAT holistically assess patients and identify opportunities for timely discharge where the patient can be safely managed in the community and avoid unnecessary admission to hospital. The team works together with community and hospital colleagues, Adult Social Care and the third sector to deliver best outcomes for people

Main duties of the job

The Discharge Facilitators role is to support the transfers of care for patients in ED/SDEC (Same Day Emergency Care) and the 4 admissions wards. The aim is to avoid hospital admission or when it has been necessary for a patient to be admitted expediate discharge.

It is a team of registered Nurses, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists, who use their skills to assess patients needs and work in collaboration with our community colleagues to achieve positive outcomes for the patient.

The service is constantly striving to enhance its offer to improve patient experience. Currently the service is utilising the skills and expertise of the OT members of the team to provide OT input which involves ward based assessments and home visits.

The Discharge Facilitators work 8-8 Mon Fri and 8-6 Sat/Sun and Bank Holidays 7 days a week 365 days a year.

About us

Who are we?

Leeds Community Healthcare provides a range of community-based health services across the whole city. We treat people in their homes, local health centres and community hospitals, and work in partnership with other local Trusts, charities and Leeds City Council.

We have a strong culture based on deeply-held values, and our focus at all times is on delivering high quality care to the people of Leeds. In our most recent CQC evaluation, we were rated Good, with our Adult Services rated Outstanding for caring.

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust encourages and supports staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best lines of defence against Covid 19.

Perks of the job

Our benefits range from generous annual leave to access to NHS discount sites. Here are some of the most important ones:
  • 27-33 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Highly regarded NHS Pension Scheme
  • A supportive, structured preceptorship programme for all registered new starters
  • Professional development opportunities including coaching, training and education support
  • Salary sacrifice or lease car schemes
  • Health and wellbeing including gym membership, occupational health service and priority access to mental health services

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible for their own caseload within their speciality area as an autonomous practitioner. In doing so, they will assess, plan, deliver and evaluate patient centred programmes of care to a specialist level ensuring that they practice within their sphere of competence and knowledge. The post holder will work to professional and regulatory body codes, standards and guidance at all times ensuring that their practice is grounded in evidence based theoretical and practical knowledge.

Key Responsibilities

1. Clinical

1.1. Demonstrates a detailed theoretical and practical knowledge of common aetiologies, pathologies, conditions and presentations involving a critical understanding of theories and principles

1.2. Demonstrates innovative and specialist skills to select methods and tools to holistically assess, plan, implement and evaluate in a complex and specialised field of work.

1.3. Demonstrates highly developed physical skills where dexterity and accuracy are important e.g. syringe pumps and infusions, manual treatments

1.4. Makes consistent judgements requiring complex fact analysis, interpretation and comparison of options and ensures clinical reasoning is reflected accurately in case records

1.5. Engages and actively involves the individual and, if appropriate, their family/carer, in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes of treatment and/or care by using person-centred techniques to promote a culture of involvement and empowerment

1.6. Works to standards of proficiency identified by their professional and regulatory bodies performing clinical treatments/procedures to a competent standard

1.7. Prioritises their own workload, and that of the wider team, within agreed objectives deciding when to refer to others as appropriate.

1.8. Provides and receives complex, sensitive or contentious information where motivational, persuasive, empathetic, negotiating and reassurance skills are required whilst demonstrating an understanding of barriers to communication

1.9. Approaches each individual with care, compassion and sensitivity ensuring that these values are reflected in all areas of practice including the management of any complaints and compliments.

1.10. To comply with the organisations Infection Prevention and Control requirements, including bare below the elbows dress code for staff with a direct care delivery role

Person Specification



  • Professional degree or diploma in relevant field
  • Post Graduate qualification in specialist field
  • Appropriate statutory professional body registration
  • Must be willing to participate in any relevant training identified to develop skills required to carry out duties
  • Maintains a portfolio of CPD in line with regulatory body standards

Skills and Attributes


  • Specialist assessment, planning and evaluation skills
  • Performs test / procedures / diagnostics relevant to clinical role at a specialist level proficiently
  • Complex analytical and creative problem solving skills in unpredictable situations
  • Workload management including delegation of tasks and day-to-day team leadership
  • Competent IT skills in order to collect and interpret data, present reports and compile simple presentations
  • Effective verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills including communicating complex or potentially distressing information to patients / carers and managing conflict when appropriate
  • Risk assessment skills
  • Reflective practice skills able to give clear and effective feedback
  • Able to research, understand and evaluate evidence in order to contribute to practice development



  • Experience in the clinical field or a closely related clinical area as part of a wider multidisciplinary team
  • Experience in supervising and delegating to other members of staff


  • Working in community or primary care based teams
  • Experience of managing staff



  • Displays care, compassion, sensitivity and responsiveness to other peoples feelings and needs
  • Able to work as part of a team, co-operating to work together and in conjunction with others and willing to help and assist wherever possible and appropriate appreciating the value of diversity in the workplace
  • Able to develop, establish and maintain positive relationships with others both internal and external to the organisation and with patients and their carers
  • Able to work under pressure, dealing with peaks and troughs in workload managing unpredictable service demands
  • Positive and flexible attitude to dealing with change able to respond to the changing needs of the patient in an appropriate and timely manner
  • willing to change and accept change and to explore new ways of doing things and approaches
  • Highly motivated and reliable
  • Has a strong degree of personal integrity able to adhere to standards of conduct based on a culture of equality and fairness
  • Demonstrates values consistent with those of the Trust
  • Ability and willingness to adopt a flexible approach to work on the occasions it may be required.

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust


St. James's University Hospital

Beckett Street



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