BIHR is pleased to launch a new toolkit on hospital discharge and human rights. The toolkit explores a human rights approach to hospital discharge and is based around three key issues: delayed discharge, premature discharge and discharge to an inappropriate setting.

When people are discharged from mental health hospitals, this can raise human rights issues including their right to liberty, their well-being and their autonomy/independence. The toolkit has been produced with St Martin of Tours, as part of a project with them to explore these issues and what a human rights approach has to offer.

The project aims to build the knowledge and confidence of healthcare practitioners to use a human rights approach to hospital discharge to better support people discharged from hospital, and in turn to help prevent unnecessary admissions. The project is funded by Skills for Care and runs until March 2018.

Helen Wildbore, Senior Human Rights Officer, who managed the project for BIHR said:

When people are discharged from hospital, there are many human rights issues at stake; whether that's because of delays in discharge, feeling like they don't have enough control over decisions or even feeling rushed to leave hospital. This is an area of healthcare where often difficult decisions need to made to ensure respect for people's liberty, but also to protect their autonomy and ensure people receive the right support outside of hospital. We hope this toolkit will assist practitioners in making these decisions, by giving them a framework to ensure these important human rights considerations are given appropriate weight.

Download your free copy of the toolkit

The toolkit is part of a series of practitioner guides on mental health, mental capacity and human rights. Others in the series include toolkits on learning disability, dementia, rehab and social care intervention. See the full toolkit series.

If you'd like to order a hard copy of this resource booklet, you may do so through our online shop: https://www.bihr.org.uk/shop/human-rights-and-hospital-discharge-a-practitioners-guide

For more information about the project, contact Helen on [email protected]