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Delayed transfer of care figures

Delayed transfer of care figures for West Sussex are at their lowest point in more than three-and-a-half-years, according to the latest figures available (November, 2018).


Working with NHS colleagues, social care staff play an important role in helping keep the number of patients whose discharge from hospital is delayed as low as possible.


In West Sussex, these teams have helped maintain delayed transfer of care levels below the national minimum set by government for five out of the last six months.


Ensuring the right onward care or care package is in place for patients who are ready to be discharged from hospital is vital, both for the wellbeing and recovery of the patients who no longer need acute hospital care and for ensuring there is sufficient hospital capacity for those who need to be admitted.


Achieving the statutory minimum for ‘delayed transfers of care’ requires a huge team effort across adult operations, adult hospital teams, brokerage, commissioning and contracting and as a result of these co-ordinated efforts the November, 2018, level was the lowest level since April, 2015, down to 336 ‘delayed days’ against a national target of a minimum of 517 ‘delayed days’.


Cabinet member for adults and health, Amanda Jupp, said: “It is great news that we have been able to support so many people to find suitable onward care when they are ready to leave hospital.


We are very aware that the pressure on acute hospitals continues year round and that this good work needs to continue, so we are doing all we can to help manage this pressure.


“In the short-term, we are about to invest in further care and support at home. As the year progresses, work will be carried out jointly with our health partners, on the Step Up Step Down programme to develop Home First services, which will get more people out of hospital and into their own home, rather than into another bed.


“This on-going work will ensure that more people are able to return home in a timely way and give them the best opportunity to maintain their independence.”


Director of operations (resilience) at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Jeannie Baumann, said: “We welcome the support West Sussex County Council provides, helping patients to be safely discharged from hospital once they are medically fit to leave.


“As an acute care provider, we have a duty to ensure our beds are occupied only by people in need of acute hospital treatment, and so we encourage patients to accept the first offer that enables them to leave hospital.


“On occasion, this may not be their first choice but our social care and community healthcare colleagues will continue to support patients to secure a long term solution to meet their care needs.”

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