Single Point Clinical Access

The SPCA plays an important role in helping patients leave your ward when they are fit to do so

The SPCA is responsible for a range of patient services. The most important role of its staff is allocating beds in community hospitals as close to the patient’s home as possible. They also have access to enablement facilities, community rapid response teams and i/v therapy teams.

They have other demands on their time. For example, they help GP’s find the best place for patients - often avoiding admissions to ED.

But their main role is to place patients being discharged from hospital - either direct from ED or from the wards. Use your IDT members who are in direct contact with the SPCA.

The Rapid Response Teams provide a high level of care for patients in their home. This can result in a patient no longer needing to go to hospital. It can also allow patients to return home earlier than they would otherwise have done.

The more notice given to the SPCA team and the better your clinical assessment the better service they can provide for you and, more importantly, the patient.

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  • ACU
    Acute Care Unit
  • AEC
    Ambulatory Emergency CARE
  • CCG
    Clinical Commissioning Group
  • ED
    Emergency Department


  • EDD
    Estimated Date of Discharge
  • IDT
    Integrated Discharge Team
  • Pulmonary Embolism
    Pulmonary embolism: A sudden blockage in a lung artery. The blockage is usually caused by a blood clot that travels to the lung from a vein in the leg.


  • SORT
    Sick patients, Out today or tomorrow, Rest of patients, To come in.
  • SPCA
    Single Point Clinical Access
  • TTO (Pharmacy medication)
    To Take Out