Hospital discharge and community support guidance
Sets out how health and care systems should support the safe and timely discharge of people who no longer need to stay in hospital.
Applies to England
Please read Infection prevention and control in adult social care settings and Infection prevention and control in adult social care: COVID-19 supplement for further information on discharging people who are likely to be infectious with COVID-19 from hospital to a care home.
This document sets out how health and care systems can ensure that people:
- are discharged safely from hospital to the most appropriate place
- continue to receive the care and support they need after they leave hospital
Last updated 1 July 2022 + show all updates
Added call-out box to the guidance (PDF and HTML attachment) to explain that Section 91 of the Health and Care Act comes into force on 1 July 2022, introducing a new duty for NHS trusts and foundation trusts to involve patients and carers (including young carers) in discharge planning.