By Dr Gabrielle Silver
Last year over 330,000 patients were in hospital for 21 days or more – making them ‘super stranded’. NHS England and NHS Improvement have set trusts the target of reducing the number of long-stay patients by 25% and then by 40%. It’s an important target because as well as supporting flow through the hospital it creates a focus around doing the right thing for these patients – who may be more complex than many.
The reality is almost 90% of trusts are not meeting their ambitions for these super stranded patients. Day to day we see how focusing on the individual and their family with dedicated liaison and support is the key to better discharge. It’s a practical and straightforward solution that will also go a long way to drive progress around these targets.