A new set of metrics is being developed to assess patient flow across the NHS and social care system, Local Government Chronicle reports.
A government spokespersona letter co-signed by senior officials at the Department of Health and Department of Communities and Local Government was sent to councils last week.
It explained that the new set of metrics were being developed in consultation with local government, with councils to be asked to submit data on the metrics later this year. It is not known what they will measure.
LGC reports that the delayed better care fund policy framework, which was initially due to be published last year, will include further detail on the new assessment system – including how the £2bn extra funding for social care announced in the budget should be spent.
The news comes as it emerged NHS England has intervened at 10 trusts with high rates of delayed transfers of care and has established a “central support team” to help reduce delayed transfers. The national commissioner declined to name people on the team “as they are not NHS England employees”, but a board paper said it includes acute trust chief executives, clinical commissioning group accountable officers and “senior leaders from local authorities who haven a proven track record of successfully reducing DTOCs”.
The Local Government Association has called for assurances from ministers that councils would retain full flexibility to decide how the money is used and highlighted growing pressures on support for adults with disabilities and mental health conditions.
LGC understands the DCLG is also set to publish an explanation of how the £2bn cash injection for social care would be funded.