Clinical Discharge Coordinator, Brighton and Hove

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum
Closing date
29 Jun 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a permanentBrighton and Hove CDS Clinical Discharge Co-ordinator, AFC B7.

The acute inpatient services across Sussex have a number of colleagues who work to support the discharge pathways for patients who are admitted to our acute mental health wards.

Main duties of the job

The Clinical Discharge Co-ordinator will provide clinical and managerial leadership to colleagues who are identified within the hospital discharge team to ensure that we can achieve timely and safe discharges for patients. We also expect that the clinical discharge co-ordinator will have oversight of all patients who are identified with complex needs and ensure that the discharge planning and pathways are being robustly and proactively managed.

As a senior and experienced clinician the successful post holder will have a key role in supporting the inpatient services are achieving timely discharges and as we aspire to offer care and treatment for all patients within the most appropriate environments.

We will expect the successful post-holder to be able to provide confident and skilled leadership, develop effective professional relationships and demonstrate detailed knowledge of local and national guidance and best practice to maintain effective discharge practice.

We are seeking an experienced, motivated individual, with experience of working with people with complex needs as well as working within a fast-paced environment and can work on their initiative. Candidates must have an appropriate professional health qualification.

About us

The role would be ideal for someone who wants to grow their career and take on a new challenge. The position is offered with a personal development plan, direct support from the Clinical Lead Nurse Manager and the wider senior management team.

Here at Mill View Hospital, we are passionate about delivering innovative and compassionate care. We are committed to listening to our staff and supporting each other to provide the very best for all those that use our services.

To protect the health and safety of our staff/workers, patients, and those attending our sites, we encourage our workforce to get fully vaccinated against COVID

Job description Job responsibilities

The Clinical Discharge Co-ordinator will work to ensure that discharge pathway planning and management is effective, patient centred and supports patient flow in the acute services. Developing practice, identifying complex discharges and sharing information appropriately will support the management of the acute pathway and contribute to the maintenance of capacity within the acute services, safe and appropriate discharge planning and patient flow.

  • Support the flow of patients through the acute services and ensure that complex discharge pathways are identified at the earliest possible stage

  • Provide visible and supportive leadership to clinical teams to support in the identification, progression, escalation and co-ordination of resources required to achieve timely discharge
  • Work in partnership with other health and social care teams and services within the

hospital, partner organisations and external providers to progress discharge pathways and escalation to ensure timely discharge from hospital

  • Ensure accurate records are maintained and information to support discharge pathway management and escalation are available and communicated to relevant colleagues and others

  • Work in partnership with patients and carers to ensure that discharge pathways are patient-centred and strengths based, focusing on the recovery of the patient and enabling them to fulfil their potential

  • Develop effective working relationships and actively contribute to patient flow enabling capacity within acute inpatient services to meet the demand for admission

  • Directly support complex cases and ensure liaison with other services and teams to ensure that achieving a timely discharge is a focus for all involved in the discharge process
  • Work as the single point of contact for issues related to hospital discharge and demonstrate a solution focused and resourceful approach for both professionals and the people who use our services

  • Have knowledge of the MCA, DOLS and MHA to be able to inform complex discharge planning for patients who lack capacity around future care planning and cannot advocate for themselves.

  • Have a thorough understanding of the S117 policy and principles to support the discharge pathway within the adult mental health services

  • Have an understanding and ability to work to the Transforming Care principles for adults with a LD where specific actions must be completed. The post-holder is expected to play a key role in this process

  • To support ward staff in the identification of possible safeguarding issues arising from the community or regarding discharge planning and to ensure that the ward is able to escalate in line with the Trust policy and procedure

  • Ensure that clinical teams are identifying and recording patients who are deemed as a Delayed Transfer of Care and ensure that accurate records are maintained regarding all information related to DTOC and that you are supporting the Trust target to maintain the national target of 3.5% DTOC

  • Promote standards of data recording within the acute services which will include recording the estimated date of discharge, ward transfers, discharges and patients placed on leave to ensure that the Trust is able to utilise reliable data and forecast demand and capacity with confidence

  • Lead local patient flow meetings and ensure that accurate records of agreed actions, with identified leads, are communicated quickly and the completion of actions can be demonstrated

  • Participate in senior operational and managerial meetings to share information, participate in problem solving and contributing knowledge and skills to improve outcomes for patients, carers and professionals

  • Prioritise workload effectively and ensure that during periods of leave colleagues are provided with information to ensure continuity of care and timely discharge

  • Support the implementation of local policies, procedures related to the discharge process which will include Lets Get You Home (choice framework for NHS providers)

  • Identify any additional resources which may assist with timely discharge and, where responsible, manage these resources effectively according to Trust policy and procedures

  • Contribute to the development of policies and procedures which may be related to the discharge process and pathway

  • The Clinical Discharge Co-ordinator will be responsible for the direct management and supervision of clinical and unqualified staff working within the local hospital discharge team

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • RMN
  • Registration with the NMC - Part 13 of the Register for mental health
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Substantial experience of working within both acute and mental health services
  • Knowledge of the discharge pathways and framework (including MHA, MCA, S117) required for effective discharge pathway planning
  • Experience of working with MDT and ability to contribute effectively to the clinical care and treatment for patients with mental health issues

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