Delayed transfers of care occur when a patient is medically ready to be discharged from hospital but the care required outside of the hospital, for example at home or in a residential home, is not available.

Local authorities across the country were given grants by the Government to help tackle the problem. Cambridgeshire County Council was given £520,000, which has to be spent before 30 April.

Concerted work by the County Council with its partners has already reduced the levels of transfers that are delayed for social care reasons, the funding will be used to sustain and further improve performance.

Schemes include:

  • Expanding provision of live-in care (24-hour support in the home) - £45,000
  • Five additional interim extra care beds at Ditchburn Place in Cambridge, three extra interim residential care beds and delaying plans to decommission 8 nursing home beds in Huntingdonshire - £97,000
  • Extending the provision of mobile home care rounds by one month - £20,000
  • Increasing the capacity of existing voluntary sector schemes with Addenbrookes and Hinchingbrooke Hospitals - £26,000
  • Temporarily increasing social work capacity within each of the three Discharge Planning Teams, to reduce DTOC due to social care assessments - £105,000
  • Temporarily increasing Occupational Therapy capacity within each of the three Discharge Planning Teams - £32,000
  • Temporarily increase social work capacity in each of the Older People's teams - £32,000
  • Temporarily increase reablement capacity in East Cambs and Fenland - £55,000
  • Temporarily increase operational management capacity in Huntingdonshire to focus specifically on DTOC reduction in both Peterborough and Hinchingbrooke Hospitals - £20,000
  • Enhancing and improving provision of domiciliary (home based) care - £90,000

A final report must be submitted to the Department of Health by 20 April outlining what the grant was used for and how delayed transfers of care were reduced as a result.

Cllr Sandra Rylance, Chair of Cambridgeshire County Council's Adults Committee said: "Concerted work by the County Council with its partners has already reduced the levels of transfers that are delayed for social care reasons, so this funding will be used to sustain and further improve performance."

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