Why are we meeting?  

We are meeting to talk about why you came to hospital and how to help you get well enough to leave hospital.

If you can tell us about yourself and how things are right now, it will make this conversation a lot easier.

What happens at the admission meeting?

At your admission meeting we will: 

  • ask you what the biggest problems are for you at the moment
  • ask you if you know of things that have helped you in the past as it helps us to know this
  • ask you to tell us about things we do that you feel are unhelpful. 

We will look at all the information we have collected with you to help us understand the situation that brought you into hospital better and how we can continue to help you with any difficulties you have.

With your permission, we will ask your family, or carer to contribute to the conversation.

Who will be there?

Let us know if you would like a particular friend or family member to come to this meeting.

You don’t have to attend this meeting if you don’t want to.

Staff who have worked with you before or who will help you in the future will come to this meeting.

We need everyone to contribute to the discussion and we value everyone’s view: patient, family/carer, community representative, doctor, nurse.

Who else involved in your care could be invited to your admission meeting?

If you have difficulties with certain things (some examples are provided below), you might want to ask other people involved in your care to come along to your admission meeting, if they are available – for example:

  • occupational therapist – getting washed and dressed, feeding yourself, productivity at home, leisure
  • physiotherapist – walking, strength, endurance, balance
  • speech and language therapist – communication, swallowing
  • dietician – nutrition, fluids, diet
  • psychologist – emotions, thoughts, feelings, behavioural challenges
  • advocate, independent mental health capacity advocate (IMHC) / independent mental health advocate (IMHA) – an external advocate professional to help support your decisions and express your views


How long will the admission meeting take?

It might take up to 60 minutes (1 hour).

What happens after the admission meeting?

We will discuss, with you and your family, any plans on how to support you in hospital and afterwards. You will be given a copy of these plans and staff will explain them to you.

Please feel free to make comments and ask any questions you may have.

If the support you need changes, your plans will change too. We will continue to discuss these changes with you and your family.


Reference:   L985
Version: V1 
Last updated: 30 / 08 / 2017
Archive date:  30 / 08 / 2020