Criteria-led discharge

We’re supporting NHS providers to improve patient experience and operational performance, by using Criteria-Led Discharge.

Over the years the concept of criteria-led discharge or nurse led discharge has been introduced with varying degrees of success. It means we can tackle delays in discharge effectively and offer the patient a better discharge pathway and experience.

Criteria led discharge policy

This document provides guidance in addition to our criteria-led discharge (CLD) resources on writing a patient discharge policy for the implementation of CLD. This guidance is generic developed from reviewing existing trust CLD policies. It must be considered in the context of your organisation’s discharge policy, clinical procedures, clinical protocols and usual discharge process.

Criteria-led discharge on an acute medical unit

A case study detailing how criteria-led discharge (CLD) was introduced on an acute medical unit at Tameside General Hospital resulting in increased weekend discharge rates.