Development and implementation of a discharge pathway protocol for detained offenders with intellectual disabilities

Taylor, John, Breckon, Susan, Rosenbrier, Christopher and Cocker, Polly (2017) Development and implementation of a discharge pathway protocol for detained offenders with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour, 8 (3). pp. 144-154. ISSN 2050-8824

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JIDOB-08-2017-0019

Abstract

Purpose
Building the Right Support, a national plan for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) in England aims to avoid lengthy stays in hospital for such people. Discharge planning is understood to be helpful in facilitating successful transition from hospital to community services, however, there is little guidance available to help those working with detained patients with ID and offending histories to consider how to affect safe and effective discharges. The paper aims to discuss these issues.

Design/methodology/approach
In this paper, the development and implementation of a multi-faceted and systemic approach to discharge preparation and planning is described. The impact of this intervention on a range of outcomes was assessed and the views of stakeholders on the process were sought.

Findings
Initial outcome data provide support for the effectiveness of this intervention in terms of increased rates of discharge, reduced lengths of stay and low readmission rates. Stakeholders viewed the intervention as positive and beneficial in achieving timely discharge and effective post-discharge support.

Practical implications
People with ID are more likely to be detained in hospital and spend more time in hospital following admission. A planned, coordinated and well managed approach to discharge planning can be helpful in facilitating timely and successful discharges with low risks of readmission.

Originality/value
This is the first attempt to describe and evaluate a discharge planning intervention for detained offenders with ID. The intervention described appears to be a promising approach but further evaluation across a range of service settings is required.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2018 10:13
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 18:16
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/36551

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