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Delayed transfer of care days attributable to social care fall

Figures show drop in delayed transfer of care days and beds

Published on 1st July 2019

The number of delayed transfer of care days has decreased between March and April 2019, the latest figures confirm.

In April 2019, there were 130,842 total days of delay compared to 138,831 in March 2019. The number of delayed transfer of care beds also fell from 4,478 in March to 4,361 in April.

In April 2018 there were 145,347 delayed transfer of care days and 4,845 delayed transfer of care beds, meaning the figures year on year show a significant reduction from 130,842 delayed days and 4,361 delayed beds.

Julie Ogley, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said: “Despite continued reductions in delayed transfers of care attributable to social care, hospitals are still struggling due to more people coming through the front door and staying longer.

“This serves to further highlight the vital importance of investing in social care, primary and community services and the need to focus more on supporting people at home as the best way to improve overall performance and outcomes," she added.

Of the 130,800 total delayed days in April 2019, 85,300 were in acute care which is a decrease from April 2018, where there were 145,300 total delayed days, of which 95,100 were in acute care.

The NHS sector has seen an increase in the volume of delayed transfers of care in the last year and the social care sector has seen reductions. The proportion of delays attributable to social care has decreased over the last year to 27.4% while 63.4% of all delays in April were attributable to the NHS and the remaining 9.2% were attributable to both NHS and social care.

The main reason for NHS delays in April 2019 was “Patients Awaiting further Non Acute NHS Care”, which accounted for 25,600 delayed days (30.8% of all NHS delays). The main reason for social care delays in April 2019 was “Patients Awaiting Care Package in their Own Home”, which accounted for 11,400 delayed days (31.7% of all social care delays).

Julie Ogley, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, concluded: “In particular, the NHS Long-Term Plan needs to bring forward investment in GPs and district nurses to help relieve the demand placed on hospital urgent care services from people needlessly staying in hospital for longer than necessary due to a lack of care support at home."

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