IHDT works in partnership with the hospital and community services to ensure the safe discharge of people from hospital where additional support is needed.

The team is part of intermediate tier services, as the majority of people requiring support will receive this through intermediate care at home or in a bed base. The aim is to help people return to the quality of life they had prior to their most recent admission.

The team

The service consists of team managers, senior practitioners, social workers, community care workers, discharge coordinators and administration assistants, mainly working from Warrington and Halton Hospital.

Support Offered

The service provides a 'discharge to assess' model as described within the hospital discharge and community support operating model on the gov.uk website

The main aim is to reduce length of stay for people in hospital and increase the number of people being discharged on the day that they no longer meet the reasons to continue to reside in an acute bed.