After yesterday's NHS big data publication and the media commentary that has followed, you could be forgiven for thinking that it was all bad news. But actually there was a lot of evidence of good stuff hidden in the data.
Whilst it is vital that challenges such as the increase in patients waiting over a year for routine treatment is known and acted upon, it is equally important that we don't lose sight of some of the fantastic progress that has been made in other areas.
One such area is the integrated working between health and social care to dramatically reduce the percentage of bed days being occupied by patients experiencing a delayed transfer of care (DTOC).
Last year DTOC was a major challenge for acute providers, which received a lot of media attention.
Since October there has been a shift in gear and DTOC has really improved. To the point that matching the DTOC data set to hospital beds shows that in May the proportion of bed days being occupied by patients experiencing a delay to their transfer of care reduced by 30% compared the same month in 2017.
This improvement has been seen in the vast majority of acute NHS providers with 100 of 134 having a lower DTOC rate compared to 12 months ago, with some such Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust reducing DTOC rate by 85% (8.0% to 1.2%)
So praise where praise is due.
NHS and social care, your improved partnership working is clear to see.
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