Discharge Facilitator

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Closing Date: 16/08/2022
Contract Permanent
Working Hours Full Time
Location Darlington
Salary £21,777 Per Year
Company NHS Jobs

Job Description

Ward 31 at Darlington Memorial Hospital is a busy Trauma and Orthopaedic Unit caring for patients with trauma injuries and is also the designated area for patients admitted with head injuries.

The ward is a fast pace environment and can look after some very complex patients.

The discharge Coordinator role is to help support the nursing team in ensuring that all patient discharges and maintained to a high standard and also to assist with the complexities involved.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of this role will include:

Supporting nursing staff with all discharges, including very complex ones.

Liaising with all parts of the MDT such as Doctors, nurses, OT and physio.

Building good relationships and making referrals to social services and other support teams.

The role will involve a lot of autonomy and self organisation.

About us

We are one of the largest integrated care providers in England. Over 7,000 Staff serve a population of around 650,000 people in the North East,

We provide hospital services from two acute sites – Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-Le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients’ homes.

At County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust our aim is to always deliver excellent care with compassion to deliver the highest quality of care our patients deserve. We value the personal skills, experiences and qualities that individuals bring to the Trust; creating an inclusive working environment to attract talented people who feel motivated, involved and able to influence the future direction of our services. The wellbeing of staff is important to us; we have a dedicated Health and Wellbeing team who provide support on a range of topics.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

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Job description

Job responsibilities

The role entails liaising with the Nursing staff on a regular basis and assisting with the discharge process of patients. The role will require you to take the lead on complex discharges and ensure that you have liaised with the relevant teams to ensure that complex needs have been reviewed and promote a safe hospital discharge.

You will be need to be able to work independently and with lots of automatous practice. The role will also require you to be a good communicator and very organised with multiple patients and complex requirements. You will be supported overall by the Nurse in charge on a daily basis


Person Specification



  • NVQ Level 3 in Health or Social Care


  • Leadership & Management modules

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • HCA experience
  • Demonstrate the ability to lease with other parts of the MDT including other care services such as social care.
  • Demonstrate the ability to make patient referrals.
  • Knowledge and understanding of patient mobility requirements for rehab areas.


  • HCA experience in a acute Hospital setting or in community hospitals

Special Requirements


  • Must be willing to travel across site when required to support the orthopaedic division.



  • HCA experience in care
  • Works Autonomously
  • Good Communication Skills
  • Ability to manage own workload


  • Leadership & Management experience

Employer details

Employer name

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

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