Delayed discharge reduction network

The Delayed Discharge Reduction Programme aims to improve hospital discharge and flow across all parts of the health and social care system. The programme is overseen by the National Delayed Discharge Reduction Network to ensure national organisations work together successfully to support people.

The national ambition is to achieve and maintain an average Delayed Transfer of Care (DTOC) figure of 4,000 or fewer delays, with a plan to reduce this further by 2024.

Data is collected and published on a monthly basis to record how many people have experienced a delayed transfer of care, as well as recording the reasons for these delays. This can be viewed by NHS Trusts or Local Authority footprint.

If you wish to contact the National Delayed Discharge Reduction Programme, please email: