Delayed Transfer of Care figures fall
Local authorities have reduced the number of Delayed Transfer of Care days
Published on 11th May 2018
The Local Government Association has praised the “hard work by councils to get people out of hospital in a timely and safe manner,” after the latest figures reveal a further fall in delayed transfer of care days.
There were 154,600 total delayed days in March 2018 and 102,600 of those were in acute care. This is a decrease from March 2017, where there were 199,600 total delayed days, of which 132,800 were in acute care.
The 154,600 total delayed days in March 2018 is equivalent to 4,987 daily DTOC beds, down from 5,006 in February 2018. Year on year the DTOC beds have also fallen significantly from 6,440 in March 2017.
Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “Today’s figures show that councils have reduced the number of delayed days, building on a near continuous fall in delays since last summer.
“This latest monthly improvement – which has seen delays due to social care fall to their lowest level since September 2015 - is a fantastic achievement amid significant funding reductions, resource pressures and increased demand.”
“It reflects the hard work by councils to get people out of hospital in a timely and safe manner, and living in their own homes and communities with the most appropriate support,” she added.
The figures reveal that 61.6% of all delays in March 2018 were attributable to the NHS, 30.7% were attributable to Social Care and the remaining 7.7% were attributable to both NHS and Social Care. The proportion of delays attributable to Social Care has decreased over the last year to from 37.2% in March 2017 down to 30.7% in March 2018.
The main reason for NHS delays in March 2018 was “Patients Awaiting further Non Acute NHS Care” while the main reason for Social Care delays in March 2018 was “patients Awaiting Care Package in their Own Home”.
Cllr Izzi Seccombe said: “Adult social care is essential to reducing pressures on the NHS and needs to be put on an equal footing to the health service if delayed transfers of care are to be reduced further.
“Councils are keen to continue to liaise with their NHS partners locally but need urgent funding to invest in effective prevention work to reduce the need for people to be admitted to hospital in the first place.
“Government needs to address immediate pressures impacting on the system today as part of the funding gap in adult social care which is set to exceed £2 billion by 2020 and ensure its Green Paper delivers a water-tight solution to the long-term sustainability of the sector.”
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