Issue details

Discharge to Assess with Reablement

Discharge to Assess with Reablement services are designed for hospital patients who are medically fit for discharge, but unable to immediately return home; it is a model recognised by NHS England as facilitating earlier discharge and/or reducing the number and length of delays in discharge from hospital for older people.  There is a focus on these services of reablement which supports people to relearn skills with the aim of supporting people to be able to return home and avoid long term admission to residential care.


The key objectives delivered through Discharge to Assess are:


  • Reduction of delays and enablement of timely discharges from hospital;
  • Reduced level of dependency for as many people as possible by reabling them to increase their independence;
  • Ensuring that long-term decisions concerning people’s care needs are not made in an acute hospital setting.


Contracts for the provision of Discharge to Assess with Reablement services were awarded in 2018, for an initial fixed term of 2-years with options to extend to a maximum of 5-years, through an EU Procurement exercise conducted following approval of Cabinet Decision AH0117-18. The initial extended contract term comes to an end on 31st March 2021. The Executive Director Adults and Health will be asked to approve the proposed plans for the future of these contracts.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 04/12/2020

Decision due: 31 March 2021 by Executive Director Adults and Health

Lead member: Keith Hinkley, Executive Director Adults and Health

Contact: Juliette Garrett, Senior Commissioning Manager (Adults) Email: juliette.garrett@westsussex, Tel: 033 022 23748.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Executive Director Adults and Health via the officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.


Democratic Services Contact: Erica Keegan Tel: 033 022 26050

Background3: Independence in Later Life


Background papers

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