Criteria-led discharge improvement collaborative


We’re supporting NHS providers to improve patient experience and operational performance, by using criteria-led discharge.

Over the years the concept of criteria-led discharge or nurse led discharge has been introduced with varying degrees of success. It means we can tackle delays in discharge effectively and offer the patient a better discharge pathway and experience.

Aims of the programme

Our aim is to support providers to:

  • improve the experience and quality of care received by patients
  • learn about quality improvement tools and techniques and put those into practice
  • share best practice 
  • increase criteria-led discharge within their organisation

Our support offer

We're supporting trusts taking part in the collaborative to adopt improvement methodologies and creating a learning community for them to discuss the changes they're implementing and share their findings. We'll share the learnings and resources from our collaborative here. 

Social media users can join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #Improvedischarge

Who's in the collaborative?

Mental health trusts

  • Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
  • Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
Community trusts
  • Houndslow & Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Integrated trusts

  • East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation trust
  • Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust 
  • University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
  • Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Acute trust

  • University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust
  • George Elliott Hospital NHS Trust
  • King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Luton & Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • North Bristol NHS Trust
  • Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
  • James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


  • The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust

How can we support you?

We’d really like to hear how you think we can support you to increase nurse/criteria-led discharge. 

You can still be involved even if your trust isn’t a member of the collaborative via our resources.  Please tell us what challenges you’re facing via our discussion. We’ll use the information that you share with us to develop our next steps.

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