Delayed days in hospital whilst waiting for appropriate care from Adult Social Care

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This measure shows the average number of Shropshire residents who are delayed from hospital transfer each day.

Smaller values are best

The new Delayed Transfer of Care measure was established in April 2017. National targets have been set to reduce the number of patients who are delayed in their transfer from hospital. The aim is to reduce bed blocking to less than 3.5% of all available NHS beds.

The target in year 1 was to reduce delays attributed to social care in Shropshire by 60% to 6.7 patients per day. Performance for 2017/18 saw a significant improvement with Shropshire achieving a 71% improvement and being one of the most improved authorities in England. 

Targets for year 2 are to further improve performance with the target set at an average of 1.3 patient delays per day attributed to Adult social Care. 

In the latest 12-month period to March 2019 there has been a total of 3792 delayed days for Shropshire residents. When compared to the 12 months to March 2017 this is a system wide reduction of 10,712 days or 29 fewer patients per day facing a delay in their transfer of care. Progress in the reduction of Adult Social Care delays has continued with records showing that less than 1 patient per day is now facing delayed transfers of care due to social care arrangements.

The latest data shows that performance for Adult Social care is in better than target. Performance for the year shows that of the 3792 delayed days 118 were attributed to Adult Social Care services.   

The significant performance improvement now places Shropshire Adult Social Care amongst the top quartile performers in England.