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 November 2018 there has been a total of 4944 delayed days for Shropshire residents. When compared to the 12 months to April 2017 this is a system wide reduction of 9431 days or nearly 26 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 available data shows that performance in quarter 3 for Adult Social care is in line with the target. Performance for October and November shows an apparent increase in the rate of delays. Investigation of this has shown a patient being incorrectly attributed to Shropshire. National revision of this error should be made in May 2019.  

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