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Discharge Co-ordinator

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
The St Richards Discharge Team are looking for a proactive person to join our dynamic team for 1 year secondment cover as a Discharge Coordinator.

We want you to join us in providing safe and coordinated care and a high quality discharge service to all our patients.

If you are motivated and have a keen interest in discharge planning and want to take on this challenging and rewarding role, we would like to hear from you.

Training and a full induction will be given to you.

Please note that if you currently work for another NHS Trust orUHSussexand you are applying to accept this position as asecondmentopportunity, before applying you must seek agreement andauthorisationfrom your current Trust/Manager.Secondmentscan't be agreed without this approval. If you are unable to gain approval you should refrain from applying unless you wish to take this role as a fixed term position.

Main duties of the job

  • Act as key-worker to co-ordinate individual complex discharges
  • Attendance on board rounds and MDTs to assist with identifying patients who meet the revised clinical criteria of being 'medically optimised' and are suitable for discharge.
  • Promotion of the five elements of the safer bundle to be followed
  • To assist ward staff with identifying the most appropriate patient pathway for each individual patient and allocate to a discharge pathway.
  • To support ward staff to manage patients discharges who are on pathway 0.
  • Communication by assisting wards to make calls regarding collecting the collateral and social history of a patient who has been admitted -to assist with a discharge plan to be put in place. Informing families and services of proposed EDD of patient.
  • To support the discharge hub with information gathering and referrals and pathway discussion upon request.

About us

At UHSussex, diversity is our strength, and we want you to feel included to help us always put the Patient First, as shown in our Outstanding for Caring CQC rating. Your uniqueness and experiences will be part of our creative and innovative community where everyone is encouraged to succeed. We have a range of Staff Networks to help break down barriers, and can offer a buddy to help new members settle in. We're proud to be a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and a Veteran Aware Trust.

We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our Wellbeing Programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Manage a personal caseload of wards and coordinate complex discharges from the Acute
  • Act as Trust experts in discharge planning, assisting and supporting the MDT to drive and co-ordinate discharges, ensuring effective, timely intervention from all disciplines
  • Assist wards and teams with understanding and using the Home First Model
  • Support the integrated Discharge Hub in matching patients to pathways
  • Provide education in discharge planning to members of the MDT or other professional groups requiring this teaching
  • Support transfers to NHS funded community venues/services
  • Participate in the development of Trusted Assessment for care transfers
  • Monitor performance associated with discharge, identifying gaps in service provision that may have a detrimental effect on length of stay, delayed transfers of care or patient experience
  • Work with multi-agency representatives to reduce length of stay, numbers of super-stranded patients and delayed transfers of care, to achieve performance targets related to discharge
  • Facilitate Trusts compliance with current legislation relating to discharge planning
  • Ensure compliance with NSF for NHS Continuing Healthcare and act as the Trusts liaison with the CHC Team

Person Specification

Professional Registration


  • NMC registered Nurse or Registered Allied Healthcare Professional


  • Teaching & Assessing or equivalent
  • Undertaken Mentorship Course or Equivalent



  • To have worked on a hospital ward consistently over a substantive period (at Band 5 or above), with responsibility for co-ordinating/arranging discharges of patients OR equivalent management responsibility in a health or social care setting


  • Basic working knowledge of: a) Continuing Health Care b) Home First Model c) Safer Bundle

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion


  • Evidence of having championed diversity in previous roles (as appropriate to role).
  • Evidence of having undertaken own development to improve understanding of equalities issues

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


St Richards Hospital

Spitalfield Lane


PO19 6SE

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