A day in the life of the integrated leave team
On Monday February 7, we introduced our integrated discharge team and their many colleagues who are all involved in our discharge process, through our Twitter feed.
The Integrated Discharge Team (IDT) is made up of a team of professionals including occupational health, physiotherapy and social care who work with health and care colleagues to get patients home with the support that they need.
The discharge process is unique for each person and as such involves many different staff members, assessments and steps to ensure it is done right. As Day in the Life demonstrated, staff across health and social care are all involved at different stages of the process and each is dedicated to ensuring the safety and support of our patients.
“The attention I received in hospital was superb, I was well looked after,” said Derek Evans, who was expected to be discharged from hospital on Monday, following surgery on his broken femur with which he injured himself while playing football. her nine-year-old grandson.
“I had surgery on the Monday following my admission, I had difficulty moving. I worked with the physiotherapists who helped me a lot and gave me exercises that I could do myself. I have been looked after every day here and received lots of encouragement from them so i now feel confident to continue my recovery at home and with the support of my physios i will be playing football in no time of time.
As Derek does not reside in Bolton, his exit was a little more complicated, but the IDT will work with health and care support in his home town to ensure he has the help he needs. to recover at home.
This example shows that the release process is not just about sending someone home. The process begins as soon as a person is admitted to hospital where teams like the Acute Therapies team will screen new patients and assess who needs therapeutic help to get them home sooner.
Teams in each ward hold daily meetings to discuss and assess each patient’s needs to determine when they can go home. They liaise with colleagues in social services, housing, nursing homes, home care, pharmacy, therapy and rehabilitation, to name a few, to ensure that a care package is in place to support them outside of hospital.
“Over the past few months, there have been real challenges from Omicron, including impacts to staffing levels, our intermediate care homes and our rehabilitation services due to the COVID-19 outbreaks,” said Mandy Woods. , service manager.
“As an integrated system and team, people have really pulled together and worked really hard to pull out all the stops to ensure people have access to the services they need in a timely manner.”
The aim of IDT Day in the Life was to show the complexity of the discharge process as well as the importance of people being discharged from hospital as soon as it is safe to do so. So many people both at the Trust, in the community and on the Board are dedicated to helping people find the support they need to complete their recovery at home.
So if you do end up in hospital, you can rest assured that there are teams of people working to get you out, because as we all know, “there’s no better place than home. self”.