Delayed transfer of care days rise in July

Year on year figures reduce but month on month between June and July, delayed transfer of care days increase

Published on 16th September 2019

The total number of delayed days of transfer of care rose by more than 4,000 between June 2019 and July 2019, official statistics have shown.

NHS England reports that there were 135,089 total days delayed in June 2019 but this rose to 139,903 in July 2019 - the latest statistics available.

In terms of the average number of people delayed per day, there were 4,503 in June 2019, rising to 4,513 in July 2019.

However, year on year, there was a reduction. There were 139,900 total delayed days in July 2019, of which 92,100 were in acute care, a decrease from July 2018, where there were 140,900 total delayed days, of which 92,300 were in acute care.

Both the NHS and the social care sectors have seen a decrease in the volume of delayed transfers of care in the last year.
In July 2019, 60.6% of all delays were attributable to the NHS, 29.8% were attributable to social care and the remaining 9.6% were attributable to both NHS and social care.

The main reason for NHS delays in July 2019 was “Patients Awaiting further Non Acute NHS Care”, which accounted for 25,100 delayed days (29.6% of all NHS delays).

The main reason for social care delays in July 2019 was “Patients Awaiting Care Package in their Own Home," which accounted for 14,200 delayed days (34.0% of all social care delays).

President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), Julie Ogley, said: “We should all be able to access good hospital treatment and care when we need it. But first and foremost, we all want to be well, happy, and lead good lives in the comfort of our own homes, and for many of us this may mean getting extra help and support from our GPs, nurses, and of course, social care. However, the number of GPs and nurses in England has fallen dramatically in the past 10 years, with GP numbers at the lowest they’ve even been in relation to the size of the population of England, meaning this help and support is becoming increasingly difficult for many to obtain.

“Last week’s spending round gives adult social care some short-term stability, which was necessary to stop things getting worse, and we are waiting for more information about how this extra money will be allocated. At ADASS, we’re looking forward to working with the government, parliament, those who need care and support, and partners to look at long term funding reform of adult social care and long term plan to make sure that everyone can get the care and support they need," she concluded.


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