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Delayed transfer of care days fall

Latest statistics show a reduction in the number of delayed transfer of care days

Published on 30th April 2019

Delayed transfer of care days fell in February, according to the latest statistics.

There were 127,281 delayed transfer of care days in February 2019, compared to 135,683 in January 2019 and 129,374 in December 2018. Indeed, the figures are the lowest they have been since before February 2016 which the latest records go back to.

The 127,300 total delayed days in February 2019 is equivalent to 4,546 daily DTOC beds, which compares to 5,013 in February 2018.
Of the 127,300 total delayed days in February 2019, 82,000 were in acute care which is a decrease from February 2018, where there were 140,400 total delayed days, of which 92,300 were in acute care.

According to the figures, 62.6% of all delays in February 2019 were attributable to the NHS, while 28.7% were attributable to social care. The remaining 8.6% were attributable to both NHS and social care.

The main reason for social care delays in February 2019 was “Patients Awaiting Care Package in their Own Home”.

Glen Garrod, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said: “The latest figures show that, yet again delayed transfers of care due to social care have fallen by 11.7 per cent from January 2019 to February 2019, and is a tribute to the hard work of those working in social care.

“These figures are a clear demonstration that a modest investment in adult social care delivers positive results. Just imagine what could be achieved were social care seen as an investible proposition by this government and given a long term, sustainable financial base upon which we could achieve so much more for local communities and the country in general.

“For example, an investment of £1 billion could help around 50,000 older and disabled people to stay healthy and at home by investing in a mixture of services including home care support, specialist residential capacity and social work assessments," he added.

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