PERFORMANCE: Commissioners have agreed “hand holding” measures with George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust after figures showed it had the worst delayed discharge rate in its region.

Warwickshire primary care trust found that, at the end of 2010-11, the hospital’s delayed discharges accounted for 6 per cent of its occupied acute beds. The figure was a full percentage point above the next highest, University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, which saw a sharp downturn at the end of the year.

According to the PCT’s performance report for May 2011, one of the measures agreed is listed as “community senior support for in reach (hand holding for culture change)”.

The hospital has agreed to set estimated discharge dates accurately, improving reporting, and ensure that wards stick to policy and implement improved nursing quotas to increase ward capability and capacity.

The trust has already agreed to increase its ratio of nurses to healthcare assistants to 60:40.