Team focus: CDCC

30 Aug 2015 Sam Brown

The Community Discharge Co-ordination Centre (CDCC) supports patients to leave hospital. Our team makes sure patients are safely discharged, with the right community services supporting them from the moment they leave.

We are a fast growing team of case managers and administrators who assess patients for their suitability for different types of community rehabilitation services, and put in place packages of care tailored to their needs. Rehabilitation means helping people get back to full strength after an illness or injury. In Bristol there are rehabilitation and reablement centres, community therapy beds (located within two Bristol care homes) and Intermediate Care Community Rehabilitation teams. Our team also supports patients in the community who need rehabilitation.

The co-ordination centre is staffed by trained clinicians including physiotherapists, occupational therapists and nurses, and we’re currently recruiting social care practitioners to improve joint working between Bristol Community Health and Bristol City Council. We also work in partnership with North Bristol Trust and University Hospitals Bristol, to speed up the discharge process.

So far this year we’ve received over 500 referrals and have helped 167 patients to access a community based rehabilitation service. Nearly three quarters of our referrals have helped people to leave hospital safely sooner than they would otherwise have done.

Patient case study

Recently we helped an 87 year old lady to leave hospital safely, after a fall which had broken her hip and wrist. She was anxious to get home to her husband, and CDCC met with them both to discuss her options. After discussing what help she’d need, and how much support her family could provide, the best solution was decided on – that she could be discharged from hospital to a reablement centre
close to her home, meaning her husband could visit regularly. She’s now progressing well, working with a physiotherapist to enable her to become independent again. The reablement centre is in the
process of planning what on-going support she may need when she goes home.