Humber and North Yorkshire Integrated Care System confirmed as National Discharge Frontrunner Site

Humber and North Yorkshire (HNY) Health and Care Partnership has been selected by the NHS, Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) and Department for Levelling up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) to become a national Discharge Frontrunner site, to lead the way in developing and testing radical new approaches to discharging people from acute care.

After a competitive selection process, over a number of months, Humber and North Yorkshire is delighted to be one of only a handful of sites selected nationally.

Yvonne Elliott, Director of the Humber and North Yorkshire Community Health and Care Collaborative said: “This is fantastic news and testament to the hard work and collaborative approach across our health and care system.”

“The primary objective is to ensure that we support more people to leave acute care and have the right support, in the right place, in a safe and timely manner. We are already doing some great work in this regard and our position as a frontrunner site presents a massive opportunity to build on our existing architecture and good practice to enable further system benefits, for the people of Humber and North Yorkshire, and to influence national policy and practice.”

The HNY scheme will run for 12 months and presents a unique, system approach to discharge transformation via the use of technology and wider pathway transformation. Being a frontrunner site will bring further pace into transforming pathways of care as well as the greater understanding of shared resource across the system and how to use it wisely.

With technology at its heart, the HNY scheme will deliver a ‘single version of the truth’ across the system, highlighting any delayed discharge, who owns the delay and alternative pathway capacity to expedite to alternative community provision.

Real time intelligence will be available to all system partners (e.g., community providers, acute, ambulance, local authority) around what services are available in our community, resulting in far greater agility to free up capacity in acute beds and Emergency Departments.

Fundamentally, there will be significant patient benefits with people being discharged at the right time, to the right place and with the right support.

Amanda Bloor, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer at Humber and North Yorkshire Integrated Care Board, said: “This proposal perfectly demonstrates the importance of system working and the significant patient benefits that can be realised from joining up services, and wrapping around the patient’s needs. We are both delighted and excited to have been selected as a national frontrunner site, which will expedite and put further focus on the great work already underway across our system.”

HNY hope that it can work in collaboration with all system partners to design, implement and transform discharge pathways that can be replicated and scaled across the country.