Responding to a Newton Europe report, People first, manage what matters… Glen Garrod, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said:

“With additional investment, social care has delivered consistently well in helping people leave hospital safely, with support. This report highlights the importance of getting the right service in place for people.

“This not only improves the outcomes for people being discharged, it can also help ensure that the available resources for health services (notably in hospitals) can be used to best effect.

“However, this is just one piece in the jigsaw. Right now, local health and care systems are at their tipping point. The NHS has signalled a shift of investment into primary and community health services in its Long Term Plan. Unless this is matched by more investment in social care, community-based services will not achieve what is necessary for people: to help them remain independent, safe and connected and to reduce their need to go to hospital in the first place. Without additional and long term investment into social care, the ambitions of the NHS Plan will be undermined.

“This report highlights the need for local health and social care services to come together in common endeavour, something which ADASS wholeheartedly agrees with. To achieve this, health and social care must be seen as equal and interdependent partners, something which we strongly urge the Government’s forthcoming green paper on adult social care to address.”

NOTES TO EDITORS:

  • ADASS’s Autumn Survey found that a narrow focus on Delayed Transfers of Care (DToC) can lead to an increase in short-term stays in care homes following hospital care, which become long-term stays as a result of the haste for discharges. 82.3 per cent of social care directors said that they had seen an increase in the number of people who had ended up staying in care homes on a permanent basis, when they were originally intended to only be there a few weeks