Responding to delayed transfer of care figures for October 2017, published today by NHS England, Margaret Willcox, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said.

“The fact that the proportion of delayed days attributable to social care for those awaiting home care has fallen by 1.5 per cent since the previous month is good news, particularly for winter preparations. Delays due to this reason have been falling since March this year.

“The figures reflect the fantastic efforts of staff to improve the care of older and disabled people despite significant sector pressures and show how investing in social care can relieve pressures on hospital beds in the NHS.

“Councils continue to prioritise discharge from hospital as well as preventing admission to hospital in the first place. Adult social care needs to be treated as a national priority and given at least equal funding prominence to that of the NHS as both services are inter-dependent.”

ENDS

Notes to Editor

  • The delayed transfers of care figures for October 2017 can be viewed here.
  • They show that the main reason for social care delays in October 2017 was ‘patients awaiting care package in their own home’. This accounted for 34.8 per cent of all social care delays, compared to 36.3 per cent in September 2017.