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

“It is good news for winter preparations that delayed transfers have fallen this month and the fact that the proportion of delayed days attributable to social care has fallen by 1 per cent since the previous month is a fantastic achievement and evidence that the £1 billion emergency funding identified earlier this year to avoid cuts has really made a difference. It also reflects the dedicated efforts of staff working to improve the care of older and disabled people despite significant sector challenges.

“Councils remain focused on prioritising 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.”


Notes to Editor

The delayed transfers of care figures for September 2017, which can be viewed here, show the following:


  • This month’s DToC figures were down (168,302 delayed days) compared to last month (August 2017 - 180,065).
  • Over the last year the overall DToC figure has decreased 14.5% (September 2016 – 196,570).
  • The number of delayed days for social care was 61,147 which represents a 9.7% decrease over the last year (September 2016 – 67,724).
  • 36.3% of delays were attributable to social care, which is down from 37.3% in August 2017. In June 2017, 38.0% of delays were attributable to social care (highest on record).
  • The main reason for social care delays in September 2017 was ‘patients awaiting care package in their own home’. This accounted for 20,700 delayed days (33.9% of all social care delays), compared to 24,800 in September 2016. Delays attributable to this reason have been gradually decreasing since March 2017.