Responding to the latest hospital performance data for March 2019, published by NHS Digital today, Julie Ogley, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said:

“These figures demonstrate the importance of investing in social care primary and community services and the need to focus more on supporting people at home.

“Despite continuing reductions in Delayed Transfers of Care attributable to social care, hospitals are still struggling with greater numbers of people having to be admitted.

“This in turn leads to increasing demand for support for people when they get home. Those who would be entitled to receive care services at home will suffer as a result of needlessly staying in hospital for longer than necessary, unless a modest investment in adult social care is made in order to deliver positive results. “For example, an investment of £1 billion could help about 50,000 older and disabled people to stay healthy and at home by investing in a mixture of services including home care support, specialist residential capacity and social work assessments.”

NOTES TO EDITORS

The latest Delayed Transfers of Care Data is available here:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/delayed-transfers-of-care/statistical-work-areas-delayed-transfers-of-care-delayed-transfers-of-care-data-2018-19/

  • The number of DToC Beds attributable to adult social care has fallen by 1 per cent from February to March 2019.
  • The number of DToC Beds attributable to adult social care has fallen by 19.1 per cent from February 2018 to February 2019.