The role of a patient pathway co-ordinator for neurosciences is to provide a link between many departments including the admissions unit, management, the neurology/stroke and neurosurgical wards and their respective multidisciplinary teams, the discharge team, the bed and site management team and social work teams.
The co-ordinator looks at all types of admission of patients and ensuring they are admitted in a timely way and liaising with the medical teams to ensure that when there are several admissions, they are prioritised due to clinical need. The patient pathway co-ordinator works closely with the multi disciplinary team to help co-ordinate neurological rehab referrals, the bed management team regarding admission of elective, A&E and emergency list patients and when there are outliers on other wards/ITU facilitating those who need to be accommodated on the neuroscience wards.
The patient pathway co-ordinator is also involved in the daily ward rounds and weekly multi-disciplinary (MDT) meetings to identify patients with discharge needs so these can be appropriately met. If a patient has very complex discharge needs, the patient pathway co-ordinator is responsible for coordinating case conferences.
The patient pathway co-ordinator will ensure that correct referrals are made to social services or health funded services.
The patient pathway co-ordinator will liaise with the bed managers of all the hospitals served by the regional units, either in discussion about patients who have been referred to the Royal Free or contacting them when there are repatriations for them.
For further information, please contact
Patient pathway co-ordinator neurosciences