Responding to the latest Delayed Transfers of Care figures, published by NHS Digital, Julie Ogley, Vice President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said:

“Delayed transfers of care due to social care have fallen again, despite severe funding pressures, and is a tribute to the hard work of those working in social care to achieve this in difficult circumstances.

“However, social care is much more than just reducing pressure on hospitals. It is about supporting people in the community to have greater choice and control over their own lives and independence.

“Social care desperately needs to be fully resourced to enable people to have the support to live good lives, keep care markets stable and improve the working lives of the 1.5 million people working in this vital sector.

“Keeping people well at home and reducing their need to go to hospital in the first place should be the main focus, not just on reducing delayed transfers of care.

“Therefore the Government needs to step up and finally provide the urgently needed, long-term funding solution for social care in its much-delayed green paper.”

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

  • The latest delayed transfers of care figures for December 2018 are available here.

 

  • Delays attributable to adult social care have fallen from 41,246 in November to 38,934 in December 2018, a reduction of 5.6 per recent. This represents a reduction of 20.4 per cent since December 2017.

 

  • Delays attributable to the NHS fell 85,045 in November 2018 to 79,237 in December 2018, a drop of 6.8 per cent.

 

  • Overall, Delayed Transfers of Care fell from 137,388 days in November 2018 to 129,374 in December 2018, a drop of 5.8 per cent. They also fell by 10.8 per cent since December 2017.