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Discharge Co-ordinator

NHS AfC: Band 3

Main area
mental health
NHS AfC: Band 3
Fixed term: 6 months (or secondment)
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Walton Hospital
£20,330 - £21,777 pa
Salary period
25/10/2021 23:59

The Trust is currently under-represented in terms of individuals from BME backgrounds and welcomes applicants from these communities.  DCHS is also an LGBT inclusive employer.  Selection will be on a basis of merit.  The Trust has achieved the status of a Disability Confident Leader and guarantees to invite to assessment applicants who meet the criteria for the job vacancy.  To ensure the diversity of the workforce and understand the differing needs of our communities, the Trust is committed to the principles of Positive Action.

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Job overview

Based within The Walton Unit– (Older Peoples Mental Health ), the post holder will actively participate and work as part of the multi-disciplinary team to identify and progress processes required to achieve safe, effective and timely discharges of patients from the unit. 

The post holder will provide a patient focused service ensuring that all processes fall in line with national policy and legislation.

The post holder will work closely with the, patient. the unit, community services, social workers and Continuing health care teams in order to achieve and sustain effective patient flow.

Main duties of the job

To support the ward team and the wider MDT to facilitate patient discharges in a safe and timely manner.

Follow nationally accepted guidelines as to the implementation of home of choice policies/ continuing health care processes and section 117 funding applications.

Ensure effective communication with all parties including families and significant others, encouraging active participation and choice

This is a new role within the service and as such will work with service leads to continue to define the role.  this is a busy unit with a fantastic staff team . 

Working for our organisation

Our purpose is to provide community health services to a patient population of over one million people in Derbyshire and Derby, as part of Joined Up Care Derbyshire.

We employ around 4,200 substantive staff, caring for patients in 11 community hospitals and more than 30 health centres, as well as in clinics, GP practices, schools, care homes and, increasingly, in people’s own homes and via virtual consultations.

During the pandemic response we have led the implementation of public vaccination centres in collaboration with partners across health and social care.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

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  • To liaise with other agencies in ensuring discharge plans are proactively managed and supported.
  • Ensure patient’s confidentiality is maintained at all times and be aware of the need for accurate record keeping, and safe secure storage of records.
  • To be a point of contact on the unit, providing advice and support to patients, families and the staff team.
  • To liaise with external agencies, CHC, care homes and social work teams to ensure timely discharge..
  • Active coordination of discharge plans, which will require the attending and leading of discharge planning meetings,

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • good understanding of discharge processes
  • good understanding of CHC processes
  • good understanding of the application of the MHA


Essential criteria
  • NVQ LEVEL 3 health related subject or equivalent qualification
Desirable criteria
  • IT qualification or robust knowledge of system's


Essential criteria
  • ability to communicate to a wide variety of individuals
  • good interpersonal skills
  • evidence of effective and productive team working
We are a Living Wage EmployerArmed Forces CovenantApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyHSJ Best places to workMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident leaderCare quality commission - OutstandingDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - GoldArmed Forces Covenant (Silver Award)Stonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.

Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dawn Bradley
Job title
ward manager
Email address
Telephone number
01246 515611