NHS Hospital Discharge Support Fund

Grants for the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector to address the current home care crisis by supporting medically optimised patients discharged under Pathway 1 (to intermediate care and reablement services provided in their own homes) from acute and community hospitals in North Cumbria. Charitable and community organisations will be funded to help people regain and maintain their independence at home and in the community over a four-week period.

NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group

Who can apply?
• charitable, not-for-profit organisations
• projects must link in closely with Cumbria CVS’s Third Sector Referral Coordinators

What the Fund will support:
• carer support
• non-clinical support (e.g., reminding patients to take medication)
• community transport
• shopping/handy man services
• befriending services
• advice and guidance, including access to benefit support
• general support in the home

What types of costs can be funded?
• staff costs
• sessional workers
• volunteer expenses
• costs associated with keeping a service/provision open e.g., rent/utilities, equipment required to deliver the service, activities costs

Funding outcomes

The funding aims to support voluntary and community sector interventions which promote positive mental health and wellbeing in the widest sense and for all ages. Funding should achieve one or more of the following outcomes:
• increased number of patients supported to return home
• improved discharge experience from NHS and other community based clinical services
• patients supported report a more informed knowledge of the discharge process and support available to them
• people able to regain and remain independent in their home and community
• reduce the number of delayed discharges
• decreased readmission rates as patient and/or carer receive additional non-clinical support
• third sector capacity increased to deliver and sustain low-level community-based support

What the Fund will not support in addition to our normal exclusions:
• individuals

How much can you apply for?
• Applications requesting up to £30,000 will be considered. Collaborative applications, comprised of multiple charitable organisations, will be considered for grants in excess of £30,000.

The funding should be fully spent by 31st March 2022. If you wish to apply for more than £30,000, please speak with a Grants & Programmes Officer.

Apply by: ASAP

Monitoring and Feedback:
• A critical element of this funding will be capturing the outcomes of the funding and reporting on how many discharged people have been supported. Applicants should be aware that at the end of the grant period (April 2022), grant recipients will be asked to report on funding outcomes and provide a short case study that demonstrates client progression.

If you would like to know more about this fund please contact:
Sarah Thompson on 01900 825760 or email sarah@cumbriafoundation.org