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A manager's guide to criteria-led discharge


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A manager's guide to criteria-led discharge

Criteria-led discharge (CLD) is a process that empowers a competent member of the multidisciplinary team (eg junior doctor, registered nurse, therapist) to discharge a patient when they meet pre-agreed clinical criteria for discharge.

This removes the need for the patient to wait for the lead clinician (typically a consultant) to approve discharge. NHS England and Improvement has published a guide to CLD that supports managers to implement, sustain and spread CLD, as well as providing context and evidence around the process.