pdf Clinical Bed Management Policy (290 KB)

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SPFT) is committed to caring for people in the most appropriate and least restrictive environment consistent with their clinical needs and assessed level of risk. In some cases where all alternative options have been explored this may mean admission to an inpatient environment.

Admission to in-patient mental health services should be purposeful, therapeutic and safe. Timely and appropriate admission to, and discharge from, hospital are vital to the wellbeing of patients and the efficient and effective functioning of the organisation.

Bed management involves constantly monitoring hospital admissions, discharges, delayed transfers of care (DTOC) and patient movement across inpatient services so that accurate information is gathered to ensure that people have access to a bed when required. At all stages during the bed management process there should be no compromise to patient safety, care and treatment.