New guide on developing trusted assessment schemes

A new guide has been released by NHS Improvement describing how hospitals, primary and community care and local councils could work together to deliver trusted assessment as a key part of the High Impact Change Model (HICM).

Implementation of the HICM is a national condition for the BCF, as stated in the 2017-19 Integration and BCF policy framework.

Many people wait too long to be discharged from hospital resulting in poor experience of the health and care system and poorer outcomes. Trusted assessment is a key element of best practice in reducing delays to transfers of care of people between hospital and home.

By using trusted assessors we can reduce the numbers and waiting times of people awaiting discharge from hospital and help them to move from hospital back home or to another setting speedily, effectively and safely.

This guide is part of a series of resources that NHS England are developing with partners to help organisations rapidly meet expectations on urgent and emergency care, as set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View Next Steps document.