NHS Providers responds to ADASS report 'Waiting for care and support'
13 May 2022
Responding to an Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) report which shows that more than half a million adults are waiting for social care assessments, the director of policy and strategy at NHS Providers, Miriam Deakin said:
"This valuable report paints a worrying picture of unmet care needs and lays bare the pressures on the social care system, which are having a serious knock-on effect on individuals' quality of life and independence, as well as the timely discharge of patients from hospital.
"Although hospital patients who are medically fit for discharge are made a priority for assessment, any delay to those assessments means a delay to people receiving the care they need and makes it difficult to maintain the flow of patients through the NHS.
"Equally worrying is the obvious need for more support to help people stay well and live independent lives in the community which would in many cases prevent, or delay, any need for hospital care.
"We must recognise the efforts of social care staff delivering more care in people's homes over the last year and ensure they are paid appropriately to acknowledge their valued contribution.
"The ADASS report highlights once again the urgent need to properly fund and reform the adult social care system."