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Hospital discharge processes

Purpose of the consultation

The Committee has considered its forward work programme up to the Christmas recess. It has agreed to continue to focus its work on the ongoing inquiry into the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak, and its management, on health and social care in Wales. Work on other inquiries remains paused until the New Year.



The  Health, Social Care and Sport Committee would welcome your views as part of its inquiry into hospital discharge processes.


Terms of reference:

The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee is calling for evidence on:

  • How delayed transfers of care are measured (both in terms of numbers and impact), what the national data shows about why delayed transfers of care occur, the key pressure points across Wales and during the year, and possible reasons for variations.
  • What are the discharge processes within the health and social care sector, how effectively they adhere to the SAFER guidance and other good practice.
  • Whether there is the infrastructure and staff awareness to ensure the effective delivery of these processes.
  • The experiences of patients, families, carers and staff of discharge processes.
  • What are the barriers and enablers to effective communication and joint working between health, social care and third sector bodies.
  • The identification of practical frontline solutions and initiatives that work, enabling effective, appropriate and timely hospital discharge; how these are rolled out and mainstreamed.


Please send your views to:


The deadline for responses to the Committee’s inquiry on hospital discharge processes has been lifted until further notice. We will continue to accept responses from those wishing to submit a response. 


Providing Written Evidence

The National Assembly for Wales has two official languages, Welsh and English.


In line with the Assembly’s Official Languages Scheme, the Committee requests that documents or written responses to consultations intended for publication or use in National Assembly proceedings are submitted bilingually. When documents or written responses are not submitted bilingually, we will publish in the language submitted, stating that it has been received in that language only.


We expect other organisations to implement their own standards or schemes and to comply with their statutory obligation.


Please see guidance for those providing evidence for committees.


Disclosure of information

Please ensure that you have considered the Assembly’s policy on disclosure of information before submitting information to the Committee.

Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee
Welsh Parliament
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1SN

Email: SeneddHealth@Senedd.Wales
Telephone: 0300 200 6565



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