Discharging young people from hospital into the community: nurses to join new taskforce
Children’s commissioner will lead initiative to speed up transfer from inpatient services
Children’s commissioner will lead initiative to speed up transfer from inpatient services in young people’s mental health, learning disability and autism care
Nurses will be part of a new taskforce to help improve inpatient services for young people’s mental health, learning disability and autism care.
Early discharge into community services
The NHS England initiative aims to see children discharged into community services as early as possible to avoid over-reliance on inpatient settings.
A starting date for the initiative has yet to be announced, but it will include nurses, doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists and other medical professionals.
‘Too many children stuck in hospitals for months’
The taskforce’s progress will be scrutinised by an independent oversight board, chaired by children’s commissioner for England Anne Longfield.
Commenting on her new role, Ms Longfield said: ‘Research published by my office earlier this year found that far too many children are stuck in hospital for months or even years when they do not need to be there.
‘This taskforce has been announced to change this unacceptable situation, and I am delighted to chair this independent oversight group to amplify the voice of these children and their families, scrutinise progress and hold the system to account.’
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