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Extra social care support agreed for Notts hospitals over May bank holidays

Extra social care staff will be in place over April and May to help people to leave Nottinghamshire hospitals and prevent unnecessary discharge delays over forthcoming bank holiday weekends.

The five additional temporary community care worker and four social worker posts that have been in place since December to cover winter pressures will continue till the end of May to support hospital staff with the timely discharge of patients.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Adult Social Care and Health Committee approved £56,760 for the posts at its meeting today (Tuesday 18 April).

The Council’s hospital social care team play a key role in making sure patients ready for discharge have the support at home or a short-term care home place if required, which in turn helps to free up beds for new patients.

The Council was ranked as the fifth best performing local authority for hospital discharge delays due to social care in December with no reported social care discharge delays at Nottingham University’s Hospitals.

In December English councils were on average each responsible for discharge delays totalling 456 days compared to Nottinghamshire County Council which was responsible for just 65 days.

Paul McKay, an adult social care director at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Currently our hospitals are experiencing significant demand and to enable people to be discharged safely we will have staff working over the weekend and Easter and May Bank Holiday periods.

“For this reason, we are extending the nine temporary social care posts put in place to respond to the increase in patients requiring discharge over the winter period to cover the expected increase in May.”