Delayed days in hospital while awaiting appropriate transfer of care - attributed to social care

Our goal

Average number of patients per day who have a delayed transfer from hospital where the dealy is attributed to the Adult Social Care  

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 (2018/19) were to further improve performance with the target set at an average of 1.3 patient delays per day attributed to Adult social Care.  Actual for the year was 0.32.

The latest data, for Quarter 3 of 2019/20 shows that performance for Adult Social care remains better than target. Performance for Q3 shows that average daily days attributed to Shropshire Adult Social Care was 0.5 delays per day. Whilst this performance is well within target, the number of delays has increased. Investigations of the data shows that a number of delays have been wrongly attributed to Social Care. Appeals have been sent to the NHS for consideration. If successful, future reports will be amended to reflect amended results.

Reporting of this measure is currently on hold due to diversion of resources to support Covid 19 works