News from East Sussex County Council

East Sussex County Council Social Services has reduced its delayed discharge figures so significantly that targets agreed jointly with Health have been exceeded.

At the end of the financial year there were just 21 delays due to Social Services reasons, exceeding the target of 37 by nearly 50%.

The reduction has been achieved as a result of Social Services ploughing in extra resources to assess and discharge patients from hospital faster. It is also due to an increase in jointly provided intermediate care services by the Council and Health.

Such services are giving older people a 'stepping stone' between hospital and home. A range of centres and projects now exist across the County to enable older people to regain their independence and mobility through an intensive rehabilitation programme.

Although pleased with the end of year figures, Social Services is not complacent and is aware of the challenging targets to be set next year. The Council also remains committed to increasing the number of intermediate care places available.

Councillor Keith Glazier, Lead Member for Social Services and Health, said:

"We are working to provide real care for real people in need but there is still much more to be done. It is crucial that Health colleagues continue to work with us and contribute funding for vital services across the County to provide the very best care for older people."