Nearly 350,000 patients currently spend over three weeks in acute hospitals each year. Many are older people with reduced functional ability (frailty) or cognitive impairment. The benefits of reducing hospital bed occupancy are clear, but achieving it has proven difficult, particularly during winter.
Our guide goes beyond principles and suggests more concrete tactics to reduce unnecessarily long stays in hospital for patients.
Focus on reducing long hospital stays – case studies
NHS trusts have created a series of case studies supporting the national ambition to reduce long hospital stays. Teams have found these case studies particularly helpful to aid their improvement approach and to use at conferences, team meetings and during training sessions. Please feel free to share these case studies with colleagues across your own areas and among your wider networks.
Share your improvement stories and resources with colleagues across the NHS by submitting them to our Improvement Hub.
Focus on reducing long hospital stays – videos
Long stay Wednesday
Home first – supporting patient choice
Embracing risk; enabling choice to support patients to return #homefirst
Frailty – Supporting improving patient flow
Focus on reducing long hospital stays — webinars
- Improving patient flow through urgent and emergency care
- Embracing risk; enabling choice — Guidance for occupational therapists
- Quick guide: Discharge to Assess
- Quick guide: supporting patient choices
- Rapid Improvement guides: urgent and emergency care
- Good practice guide: Focus on improving patient flow
- Case studies: Focus on improving patient flow
- The value of patient time: Last 1,000 days
- SAFER patient flow bundle and Red2Green days approach
- Red2Green campaign
- SAFER patient flow bundle: board rounds
- SAFER patient flow bundle: ward rounds
- Reviewing ‘stranded’ patients in hospital – what are patients waiting for?
- Criteria-led discharge
- Our #endPJparalysis journey
- Tips for getting patients up and moving
Find out more
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