Health and social care staff who took part in a new programme that focused on hospital discharge think it could lead to shorter stays for patients.
Balancing rights and responsibilities (BRR): supporting a cultural shift integrated health and social care programme set out to put more of a focus on the strengths of a patient’s circumstances in discharge decisions.
We developed the programme by building on two existing health and social care programmes that shared common principles – Collaborative Communication Skills and Care Aims.
Through courses and workshops, we aimed to give those who took part more confidence to:
- listen to what patients think or feel
- reduce risk, rather than seek to eliminate it
- negotiate care decisions
- avoid the over-prescription of care.
Working with the NHS Delivery Unit, Aneurin Bevan Health Board and local authorities in Gwent, we tested the programme with professionals involved in hospital discharge in the region.
We carried out this work during the coronavirus pandemic.