Practice educators and mentors are now expected to have the skills and techniques needed to implement a ‘learning skills through simulation’ program into established curricula, yet using simulation to teach while of huge importance – requires careful and time-consuming planning. This valuable resource takes away some of that burden by providing clear, ready-made activities and guidance from leading practitioners in a range of fields, which healthcare and practice educators and mentors can use to enhance their teaching of all the essential and commonly-taught clinical and management skills and knowledge.

Dedicated chapters, which all follow a defined step-by-step format, provide simulation scenarios, alongside facilitator guidance, which will help develop confidence in the teaching of key skills such as:

Drug administration; Conflict management; Infection control; Breaking bad news; Catheter and bowel care

These scenarios and accompanying guidance can be used as a framework for teaching, promoting a greater understanding of the skill being taught, and providing a risk-free opportunity for the student to practice their clinical and managerial skills and judgment.

Discharge Planning

Discharge planning


By the end of this chapter you will have gained an insight and overview of the discharge planning process and be able to participate in a discharge planning simulation scenario using an identified case study.


  • To allow the healthcare professional the ability to develop their knowledge and understanding of an effective discharge planning process
  • To support personal development
  • Understand the relevance of effective communication skills and multi agency working within the process of discharge planning.


Discharge planning, as the terminology suggests, is the process of planning for discharge. As Shepperd et al. state:

Discharge planning is the development of an individualised discharge plan for the patient prior to leaving hospital, with the aim of containing costs and improving patient outcomes. Discharge planning should ensure that Patients are ...

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