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

John L. Taylor, Susan Breckon, Christopher Rosenbrier, Polly Cocker

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-154
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sept 2017


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