Responding to the latest Delayed Transfer of Care figures, published by NHS Digital, Glen Garrod, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said:

“It is good news that the number of delayed transfers of care due to social care have fallen. This is testament to the hard work of councils, in what have been very difficult circumstances given the immense financial pressures they are under.

“But social care is about so much more than reducing pressure on hospitals – it supports people in the community to have greater independence with more choice and control. Yet there is desperate need for social care to be fully resourced. Social care cannot be seen as of value only because it can contribute to reducing delays in hospital, it must also be resourced to enable people to have enough support to live good lives, stabilise care markets and improve the working conditions of the 1.5m people who work in social care.

“The Chancellor indicated in his budget speech to Parliament that he thought the era of austerity was coming to an end. Well, it has not ended for older and disabled people receiving social care. While the additional funding that was announced is positive, it is both inadequate and temporary

“It is vital that we have a long-term funding solutions for adult social care and the Government must bring these forward in the green paper urgently.”


  • This month’s social care DToC figure (September 2018) was down (43,960) compared to last month’s (August 2018 – 45,637). Health’s was up (September 2018 – 89,873 and August 2018 – 89,253)
  • This month’s overall DToC figure was down from 144,267 (September 2018) compared to September 2017 (168,041).
  • The number of delayed days for social care was 43,960 which represents a 27.2% decrease over the last year (September 2017 –60,396).
  • 30.5% of delays were attributable to social care, which is down from 35.9% in September 2017, and also down marginally from last month (August 2018 – 31.3%). In April 2017, 38.2% of delays were attributable to social care (highest on record).
  • The main reason for Social Care delays in September 2018 was “Patients Awaiting Care Package in their Own Home”. This accounted for 15,500 delayed days (35.3% of all Social Care delays), compared to 33.1% in September 2017. The number of delays attributable to this reason had been increasing steadily since April 2014 and reached a peak in December 2016.