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

“Social care is about helping people live well and independently in their homes, and to keep them out of hospital in the first place. However the severe funding pressures facing services means this is under real threat.

“Despite the very best efforts of councils and care providers, this was a difficult month as hospitals came under significant strain as a result of winter pressures.

“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.

“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.

“In order for people to have the support they need to live good lives, while keeping our fragile care markets stable and safeguard our 1.5 million social care workforce, we need a new and sustainable funding solution.

“Therefore the Government needs to step up and finally provide the answers to these questions in its long-delayed green paper as a matter of urgency.”

NOTES TO EDITORS

  • The latest delayed transfers of care figures for January 2019 are available here. The number of delays attributable to social care increased from 38,934 in December 2018 to 41,424 in January 2019.