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Screenshot of the Helping people moving from hospital to a care home resource

25 Jun 2021

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New hospital to care home guide

We’ve produced information for social workers involved in hospital discharges to help promote consistent practice when moving people to care homes. We developed it following concerns raised by the Mental Welfare Commission.

Discharging people from hospital to a care home can be a complex process and is even more challenging when an individual lacks capacity. The COVID-19 pandemic has added additional pressures and demands to this situation.

Good practice

As moving into a care home is a life altering decision for individuals and their families, we’ve developed this guide to share a range of useful information and good practice resources which new or redeployed social workers involved in hospital discharges might find useful.

This guide is not intended to replace any local good practice or training on this topic. National and local policies and procedures should remain your main source of information on safe hospital discharges. This guide is part of a range of resources we have been developing with other partners to support the workforce during the pandemic.

Find the Helping people moving from hospital to a care home resource here.

Contact information

Lorraine Wakefield
Communications Manager
Scottish Social Services Council
lorraine.wakefield@sssc.uk.com