Responding to the latest Delayed Transfer of Care Figures, Margaret Willcox, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, (ADASS), said:

“We welcome the continued reductions in delayed transfers of care, however if we are to ease the winter pressures on the health service, it’s essential we get people out of hospital and make sure they get the appropriate social care they need.

“Social care staff have put in their very best efforts in recent months, particularly over the Christmas period, with many carers out in all weathers. Our staff are on the frontline of the funding crisis affecting adult social care, yet day in, day out, they do the very best they can in challenging circumstances, working to improve lives.

“It’s long past time for the Government to make sure their hard work and determination is met with the funding and resources that social care teams across the country are crying out for. The upcoming green paper is an essential opportunity to put social care on a long-term, sustainable financial footing, but the sad truth is that urgent and immediate funding is needed now, to help our teams across the country deliver essential social care.

“As a country, we need to move towards care which is individualistic and is tailored to the person it is centred around. That means the Government must provide funding to enable social care staff to do so – both now to tackle urgent and immediate pressures on services, but also by delivering a long-term funding solution in this summer’s green paper.”


The Delayed Transfer of Care Figures for December 2017 can be viewed here, and show the following:

  • There were 145,300 total delayed days in December 2017, of which 93,600 were in acute care. This is an increase from December 2016, where there were 195,400 total delayed days, of which 128,000 were in acute care.

  • The 145,300 total delayed days in December 2017 is equivalent to 4,688 daily DTOC beds. This compares to 5,169 in November 2017 and 6,305 in December 2016.

  • 58.1% of all delays in December 2017 were attributable to the NHS, 33.9% were attributable to Social Care and the remaining 8.1% were attributable to both NHS and Social Care.

  • The proportion of delays attributable to Social Care has decreased over the last year to 33.9% in December 2017, compared to 36% in December 2016.

  • The main reason for Social Care delays in December 2017 was “Patients Awaiting Care Package in their Own Home (need to check)”. This accounted for 24,000 delayed days (28.5% of all Social Care delays.