Delayed Transfers of Care


The Monthly Situation Report collects data on the number of patients delayed on the last Thursday of each month and the total delayed days during the month for all patients delayed throughout the month.

Data are shown at provider organisation level, from NHS Trusts, NHS Foundation Trusts and Primary Care Trusts.

Data are also shown by Local Authority that is responsible for each patient delayed.

Data is split by the agency responsible for delay (NHS, Social Services or both), type of Care that the patient receives (acute or non-acute) and reason for delay.

Data for this collection is available back to August 2010.


Delayed Transfers of Care 2016-17 Data
Delayed Transfers of Care 2015-16 Data
Delayed Transfers of Care 2014-15 Data
Delayed Transfers of Care 2013-14 Data
Delayed Transfers of Care 2012-13 Data
Delayed Transfers of Care 2011-12 Data
Delayed Transfers of Care 2010-11 Data

Annual Statistical Report

Annual Statistical Report 2015-16 (PDF, 865KB)
Annual Statistical Report 2014-15 (PDF, 1,226KB)
Annual Statistical Report 2013-14 (PDF, 1,301KB)
Annual Statistical Report 2012-13 (PDF, 158KB)

Local Authority ASCOF Performance Indicators 2015-16 (XLS, 92KB)
Local Authority ASCOF Performance Indicators 2014-15 (Revised 29.09.15) (XLS, 95KB)
Local Authority ASCOF Performance Indicators 2013-14 (Revised 24.10.14) (XLS, 87KB)
Local Authority ASCOF Performance Indicators 2012-13 (Revised 25.10.13) (XLS, 91KB)
Local Authority ASCOF Performance Indicators 2011-12 (XLS, 97KB)

Pre-Release Access List

Pre-Release Access List Delayed Transfers of Care (PDF, 22KB)


NHS England, DH, ADASS, LGA and ECIST colleagues have been working collaboratively to refresh the Monthly Delayed Transfer of Care Situation Reports: Definitions and Guidance. The work on refreshing the DToC guidance was identified and commissioned earlier in the year in response to a number of ongoing operational issues and concerns from local health and social care systems.

The refreshed guidance on definitions, counting and reporting is seeking to remove ambiguity and improve operational clarity, with the aim of improving partnership working and reducing disputes.  The guidance now places more emphasis on local collaborative solutions to any barriers first as part of a wider picture of joint and integrated working (which is embedded in the Care Act). The multi-agency group that has been refreshing the guidance has also pulled together a series of good practice examples from systems from around the country.  All of the products were consulted and tested with a sample of local systems.

The Mental Health Services Data Set (MH SDS) v2.0 is being implemented by NHS Digital and includes Delayed Transfers of Care reporting.  Starting with April 2017’s data (due to be published June 8th, 2017), there will be a period of dual running between the MH SDS and NHS England’s Delayed Transfers of Care (MSitDT) collection, until quality criteria in MH SDS are met.  Until then, the MSitDT collection will remain the source for official statistics for mental health delayed transfers of care.  Further details and a mapping from MH SDS codes to MSitDT codes is provided in the following attachment.  Further information on the MH SDS collection is available here.

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