Good news stories are rare at the moment especially in the financially challenged world of local government. This thankfully is one of the them. The evidence is unclear as to whether this was caused by the receipt of Better Care Fund monies, the imposition of targets or just better joint working.
Ultimately the improvement has happened and that is to be welcome. It would be nice to think that the improved performance was achieved because of the mutual interest recognition of both sectors and in the best interests of people and not because of the targets. Let's hope so as centrally imposed targets very rarely drive the right behaviour.
Councils have saved the NHS nearly £60m by dramatically reducing the number of days patients are delayed in hospitals due to a lack of social care availability, according to new research. Analysis of NHS England figures by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (Adass) found the number of delayed days attributable to adult social care fell by 187,864 in the last 12 months. The NHS has calculated that having one extra bed available in hospital throughout 2016-17 saves £313 per day. Therefore, the reduction in costs provided by the performance of adult social care services has saved the NHS £58.8m Social care services have been responsible for 29% of all delayed transfers of care during the period, with the NHS responsible for 67%