Taking an innovative approach to hospital discharge – Telford and Wrekin

Posted on 9th March, 2020

Pictured: Ward staff and social workers who implemented Pathway Zero in Telford and Wrekin.

Pictured: Ward staff and social workers who implemented Pathway Zero in Telford and Wrekin.

Collaborative partnership is at the heart of our approach to transforming the health and social care system in Telford and Wrekin.  The dynamic Integrated Place Partnership programme works together to improve outcomes for local people by adopting a strengths based approach – focussing upon offering early help, targeted prevention and a joined up response at times of urgent need. One example of the partnership’s work includes an innovative preventative pathway pilot to support discharge from hospital – Pathway Zero. 

To ensure that only the people who need to be treated in an acute hospital setting are admitted, senior leaders across health, social care and the voluntary sector acknowledged that we must look at new ways of working and to reduce the need for people to be admitted to acute hospital.

Pathway Zero is a preventative pathway to support discharge from hospital, sitting alongside the pre-existing Complex Discharge Pathways 1, 2 & 3.  The pathway is targeted at people below the normal threshold for support and who may be readmitted to hospital.  It is aimed at focussing hospital discharge on the same strength based approach so as not to create dependency and maximise people’s ability to live an independent life.   

Health and Social Care – Hospital Discharge – Telford