Guidance overview: Hospital discharge and community support: policy and operating model

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

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Please read guidance on designated settings for people discharged to a care home 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

This is a partially updated version of the document published on 5 July 2021. It has been updated to incorporate details of the national discharge funding settlement for quarters 3 and 4 of 2021 to 2022 (1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022).

Published 21 August 2020
Last updated 19 October 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated to incorporate details of the national discharge funding settlement for quarters 3 and 4 of 2021 to 2022 (1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022).

  2. ‘Hospital discharge service: policy and operating model’ has been replaced with ‘Hospital discharge and community support: policy and operating model’. The guidance has been restructured throughout, with changes to the following sections: in section 3 (discharge to assess arrangements), more detail has been added to define the 4 discharge pathways; section 6 (finance support and funding flows) has been updated to include information about financial requirements, first published on the NHS website on 20 May 2021. Section 7 (reporting and performance management) has been updated with hospital data collection information on discharge to explain changes that were introduced on 12 May 2021.

  3. Added link to 'Designated settings for people discharged to a care home'.

  4. Added HTML version of the guidance.

  5. First published.