The number and percentage of delayed transfers of care attributable to social care fell slightly in October, figures released today by NHS England show.
There was an increase in overall delayed days from 168,256 in September to 170,089 in October, with the percentage of delays caused by social care falling from 36% to 35%.
The total number of delayed days attributable to social care decreased from 60,769 in September to 60,071 in October.
The main reason for social care delays in October was patients awaiting a care package in their own home, which accounted for 34.8% in October compared to 36.3% in September.
Responding to the figures president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services Margaret Willcox said an ongoing fall in delays caused by home care was “good news” for winter preparations.
She added: “The figures reflect the fantastic efforts of staff to improve the care of older and disabled people despite significant sector pressures and show how investing in social care can relieve pressures on hospital beds in the NHS.”
“Councils continue to prioritise discharge from hospital as well as preventing admission to hospital in the first place. Adult social care needs to be treated as a national priority and given at least equal funding prominence to that of the NHS as both services are inter-dependent.”