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

Our goal

Average number of patients per day who have a delayed transfer from hospital where the dealy is jointly attributed to the NHS and 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.

Joint delays occur when both the NHS and Social Care are attributed with an element of the delay.

Historically the number of jointly attributed delays of Shropshire residents has been higher than the national and regional averages. During the last year there has been a step change in performance. This has seen the number of joint delays reducing to levels below those of England and the West Midlands.

Benchmarking data for the year 2018/19, shows that delays jointly attributed to NHS and Shropshire Adult Social Care were on average 0.311 patients per day per 100,000 population. This ranks Shropshire 69th out of 152 authorities.  

The latest data, for Quarter 3 of 2019/20 shows that performance for joint delays are better than target with a rate of 0.15 for Q3 and a year to date average of 0.39.  


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