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Coffey unveils £500m adult social care grant to free up hospital beds

Community Care

The government has unveiled a £500m adult social care grant to free up hospital beds and bolster the care workforce this winter. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said there were currently 13,000 people in hospital who should be receiving care in the community.

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Ministers seek volunteer social care army to speed up hospital discharges

The Guardian

Exclusive: Volunteers sought in England to take equipment and drugs to people’s homes among other tasks Health ministers are to recruit a new volunteer army for social care to ferry medical equipment and drugs to people’s homes in a bid to free up congested hospital wards. Continue reading.

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Reinstate hospital social workers to improve discharge outcomes, PSWs urge Barclay

Community Care

Hospital social workers should be reinstated onto wards to support people to achieve better outcomes on discharge, amid the current severe pressures on the NHS and social care. Managing chaos, doing our best for patients and supporting each other: hospital social work under Covid.

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Social care staff carrying out tasks previously undertaken by NHS, without extra funding, say directors

Community Care

There are also concerns that councils are taking on responsibilities that should fall to the NHS, because of the drive to discharge people from hospital as quickly as possible, which means people are leaving wards with greater needs than previously.

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40% of people delayed in hospital awaiting social care package

Community Care

Four in ten people whose discharge from hospital is delayed are awaiting a social care package, according to NHS data. The figure, revealed today in a government plan to reduce hospital pressures, came as council leaders criticised ministers for a narrative of “blaming” social care for delayed discharges.

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£200m for NHS to buy short-term care placements to speed up discharge

Community Care

Integrated care boards (ICBs) will be able to use the money to buy beds in care homes or other settings for up to four weeks in order to speed up hospital discharges, freeing up beds to admit people stuck in accident and emergency departments.

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£10m boost to adult social care funding to tackle NHS winter pressures

Community Care

Councils will be able to bid from a pot of £40m – up from £30m – for cash to help prevent hospital admissions and speed up discharges from wards. This can be spent on meeting adult social care needs, supporting the provider market, speeding up hospital discharge and otherwise reducing NHS pressures.