The latest NHS England figures have revealed a fall in the number of Delayed Transfers of Care.
There were 154,600 total delayed days in March 2018, of which 102,600 were in acute care, down from 199,600 in March 2017, of which 132,800 were in acute care.
Almost two-thirds (61.6%) were attributable to the NHS, with social care responsible for 30.7%, down from 37.2% in March 2018, and the remainder a combination of both.
Patients awaiting a care package in their own home was the main cause of social care delays, accounting for 17,300 delayed days, or 36.5% of all social care delays, compared with 25,700 in March 2017. Delays attributable to this reason have been gradually decreasing since March 2017, although the last three months have shown a slight increase in the number of delays.
Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “This latest monthly improvement – which has seen delays due to social care fall to their lowest level since September 2015 – is a fantastic achievement amid significant funding reductions, resource pressures and increased demand.
“Adult social care is essential to reducing pressures on the NHS and needs to be put on an equal footing to the health service if delayed transfers of care are to be reduced further.”