Issue details

Commissioning of Hospital Discharge Care Service

Health and Social Care in West Sussex are working together to develop and implement a pathway for people who are medically fit for discharge from acute hospitals but who may have continuing health or social care needs. People meeting these criteria and who do not require 24 hour care would be supported to return home immediately through this ‘Home First’ pathway without having their care needs assessed in hospital.  The service will provide support to meet people’s immediate needs at home whilst an assessment is completed. Following this assessment the need for ongoing support will then be considered. The aim will be to maximise the use of community support and to enable people to remain living as independently as possible.


This decision commissions hospital discharge social care services, which will form one part of the multi-agency support that will be provided to patients on their return home.  This includes plans to provide a county wide cohesive service that aligns with health services and enables the ‘Home First’ care pathway to be fully implemented across West Sussex.



Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 01/07/2019

Decision due: August 2019 by Executive Director People Services

Lead member: Kim Curry, Executive Director Adults and Health

Lead director: Kim Curry

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 Director of Adults Services, via the officer contact, in the month in which the decision is due to be taken.


Procurement Board, Legal, Finance

Democratic Services Contact: Erica Keegan Tel: 033 022 26050

Background3: Independence in Later Life


Background papers

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