Karen Jones Completed 2019
A ‘delayed transfer of care’ (DTOC) occurs when a patient has been delayed at least one day after they were medically fit to be transferred/discharged (NHS England, 2016). According the National Audit Office (NAO) (2016), there has been an increase of 270,000 bed days involving patients in acute hospitals with a delayed transfer of care, leading to a significant impact on both the social and health care sectors. The National Audit Office (2016) estimated that delayed transfers among older people cost the NHS up to £820 million every year, with many requiring social care support from their local authorities (LAs) following discharge. At a time of financial austerity, there is a need for the health and social care sectors to work together to reduce, or prevent, DTOC.
This project aims to investigate why DTOC occurs, and how they might be reduced or prevented. The project is exploring: