Torbay’s MP, Kevin Foster, has welcomed news Torbay Council will be receiving £690,483 from the Government’s Adult Social Care Discharge Fund.
The £500m fund was announced on 22nd September 2022, with £200 million now being distributed to Local Authorities.
Delays to discharging people from hospital when they are fit to leave continue to be a significant issue. Not only does this mean fewer hospital beds available for those who need them, it also means people who would be better off recovering at home or in residential care are instead spending too long in hospital.
The funding can be used flexibly on the interventions which best enable the discharge of patients from hospital to the most appropriate location for their ongoing care. Funding should prioritise those approaches which are most effective in freeing up the maximum number of hospital beds, including from mental health inpatient settings. Funding can also be used to boost general adult social care workforce capacity, through staff recruitment and retention, where this will contribute to reducing delayed discharges.
The Government is expected to publish its full package of support for adult social care in the coming weeks.
Kevin Foster MP said: “All too often Ambulances waiting at the front of a hospital, are a sign of problems discharging patients who are ready to leave but need a social care package in place to do so. This latest Government funding announcement is therefore welcome and will help support our health and care services here in Torbay.”
For more information, please contact Kevin Foster on 01803 214 989
Notes to Editors
- Adult Social Care Discharge Fund:
Further details about the funding and allocations for individual local authorities can be found on the Government website by following this link:
- Local Authority Allocations:
The local authority element of the Adult Social Care Discharge Fund is being distributed using the established Adult Social Care Relative Needs Formula. You can find the allocation for each local authority by following this link: