Newcastle Gateshead CCG: trusted assessment

This example of a local initiative forms part of our managing transfers of care resource.

The approach to implementing trusted assessment involved:

  • identifying the best team to develop trusted assessment – using an interface team of nurse, physiotherapist, occupational therapist and social worker
  • developing a trusted assessment tool with care partners – undertaking an interagency review of existing tools and stakeholder consultation to develop a trusted assessment tool
  • testing the process within a safe environment – with patients transferring from hospital to stepdown beds
  • evaluating the impact – which showed that 66 per cent of patients were transferred the same day, 28 per cent the next day and 3 per cent at a later date. Issues identified related to mobility, communication and discharge planning.


Paula Watson
Discharge Nurse Specialist
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust

Lynne Shaw
Nurse Consultant Older People
Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust