Funded by Mansfield and Ashfield CCG, Mansfield District Council’s ASSIST team works in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council social care workers and clinical staff on the wards of Kings Mill Hospital in Sutton in Ashfield. Together as one team they help to identify patients that are remaining in hospital care as they do not have suitable accommodation to go to.
Assessments are carried out quickly and recommendations are made directly to ASSIST officers regarding adaptations and additional care needs are managed by the county council. Along with co-coordinating adaptations, the ASSIST team can provide temporary accommodation in specialist respite units in the district.
Locally, the ASSIST medical discharge scheme has saved 4.5 bed days per patient. The team has helped 1,127 patients between July 2015 and April 2016.
A recent report by Nottingham Trent University identifies that this project saves the NHS around £1.4m annually and has a direct impact on the quality of healthcare provision and patient wellbeing in our district. Read the full report on ASSIST Early medical Discharge Report Nottingham Trent University here.