CECOPS Webinar (9th April 2020, 2pm-3.30pm): Hospital Discharge Arrangements

Posted on: 08/04/2020 | Categories: Uncategorized

In the current COVID-19 pandemic it is important to free up as many hospital beds as possible by safely discharging people back into their home or another suitable place within the community.

Hospital discharges are complex, and require good co-ordination between hospital and community staff to arrange clinical assessments, equipment deliveries, care packages etc.

The current crisis also adds additional considerations such as access to food and medicine, the equipment supply chain, care staff shortages, capacity within the system, Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and patient’s mental wellbeing.

In view of COVID-19, NHS England has produced Hospital Discharge guidance: ‘COVID-19 Hospital Discharge Service Requirements (NHS England 19th March 2020: https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/covid-19-discharge-guidance-hmg-format-v4-18.pdf)

CECOPS is running this webinar to discuss the issues arising from the need for urgent hospital discharges and how systems and processes can be improved to enable the sector to rise to the challenge.

The webinar will include a panel of experts working within the health and care space including:

  • Professor Mike Bewick (Chair, CECOPS CIC, former Deputy Medical Director of NHS England)
  • Kenny Gibson (National Head of Safeguarding, NHS England)
  • Shane Tickell (Vice Chair, Tech UK, Health and Social Care)
  • Julie Clatworthy (Clinical Member, Governing Body, Gloucester CCG)
  • Tim Andrews (COO, ORCHA)
  • Sarah Tibbott (Consortium Lead Officer, London Community Equipment Consortium Team and Bi Borough Integrated Commissioning)
  • Dom Cushnan (Special Advisor AI and Digital Health, NHXS)
  • Brian Donnelly (CEO, CECOPS CIC)
  • Helen Hughes (CEO, Patient Safety Learning)
  • Rachel Seabrook (Clinical Services Director, NRS Healthcare)
  • Taz Aldawoud (Clinical Board Member & CCIO, NHS Bradford Districts CCG)
  • Paul Gaudin (CEO, CareRooms)
  • Sarah Lepak (Director of Governance & Policy, British Healthcare Trades Association)
  • David Calder (Knowledge Transfer Manager Life Sciences – Health and Care – Knowledge Transfer Network)
  • Geraint Williams (Director, Greensleeves Care)
  • Guy Gross (Consultant, Laingbuisson)

The emphasis of the webinar will be on a practical and innovative approach, and how we can encourage widespread adoption of proven improvements to the safe discharge of patients to often unconventional care programmes.


Following the webinar CECOPS will compile a comprehensive list of issues to be considered when discharging patients, any solutions/technologies that might be available to help with the process, and helpful information provided by delegates. This will be made available as a checklist (or spine) for use when discharging people from hospital. We will subsequently set up a working group to explore the interfaces between the spine and existing systems and processes, including interoperability related issues.

Agenda: Themes for discussion:

(The following list is not exhaustive and is not in any rank order):

The webinar discussion will take a risk assessment approach to a number of subject areas. For each of these areas we will discuss what can go wrong and what needs to be in place to manage or mitigate the risk relating to:

  1. From the hospital
  1. Assessment of the home or other environment
  1. At the receiving facility/community services
  1. Oversight, leadership, culture, communication and effectiveness
  1. Patient/family engagement
  1. Specialist needs/services
  1. Funding
  1. Staff and Patient Safety
  1. Industry and the supply market
  1. Resource and capacity
  1. Other issues

Following the webinar, further suggestions can be sent to: support@cecops.org.uk. There will also be opportunity for people to make recommendations during the webinar.

Additional Information

To help with hospital discharges, CECOPS has developed various Codes of Practice including:

The International Code of Practice for Planning, Commissioning and Providing Technology Enabled Care Services’. This will be useful when deploying digital solutions: https://cecops.org.uk/code-of-practice-scheme/scope-of-technology-enabled-care-services-code/

The ‘Code of Practice for Disability Equipment, Wheelchair and Seating Services’. This will be useful when deploying assistive technology services, including the clinical and technical assessments: https://cecops.org.uk/code-of-practice-scheme/the-official-code-of-practice-book/


Joining information for attendees

Attendees will be able to view the webinar and use the Chat feature to ask questions and make suggestions to panel members. The webinar can be viewed by following the information below:

Please click the link below to join the webinar:


Password: 238132

Or iPhone one-tap :

    US: +16465588656,,881389730#,,#,238132#  or +16699009128,,881389730#,,#,238132#

Or Telephone:

    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

        US: +1 646 558 8656  or +1 669 900 9128  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 346 248 7799

    Webinar ID: 881 389 730

    Password: 238132

    International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcAVzJQ3xf


If you would like to discuss any of the above, please get in touch.

Brian Donnelly, CEO, CECOPS

brian@cecops.org.uk | 07511667330

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