IMPACT first launched an Assertive Transitions Service (ATS) in February 2020 as a pilot. The service provides personalised, proactive support to low and medium secure care inpatients up to a year before discharge and then for at least six months in the community. The pilot ran until summer 2022 and was a great success. As a result IMPACT have continued to commission this service. To find out more please click on the following link to our latest videos about the service www.stah.org/ats
Two multi-disciplinary teams work across the North and South areas of the East Midlands and are brought together with one management structure. The North team led by Nottinghamshire Healthcare deliver services to patients in Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. The South Team led by St Andrew’s Healthcare cover Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.
The ATS was developed based on insight from service-users and staff which identified a real need for practical, pre-discharge support to ensure smooth, successful and sustainable transitions to community living.
Crucial to the design of the ATS is the multidisciplinary skill-mix within the teams which includes Pathway Navigators, Clinical Team Leaders, Peer Workers and Support Workers, with specialist support skills from third sector partners Rethink and Framework.
The ATS supports IMPACT’s wider aims of improving service-user experience and recovery alongside reducing readmissions, delays in discharge, length of stay and the need for ‘out of area’ placements.