PERFORMANCE: Worcestershire Mental Health Partnership Trust’s performance on delayed transfers is “significantly worse” than other trusts for whom data has been published nationally, board papers have said.

Delayed transfers at the Worcestershire trust has been classed as a red risk.

Addressing current performance is being tackled in two ways. Firstly current processes are being reviewed through a working group, which is also reviewing procedures adopted in other parts of the country.

Secondly, individual cases are being reviewed. Five long standing cases have had placements identified and funded this month. This will incur a total cost of up to £332,000 per year.

The five cases will reduce the overall percentage of delays by 3 per cent. Further work is being undertaken to identify suitable placements for a further 12 adult patients, however, at an average cost of £66,000, though some could be significantly higher.

The impact on the budget managed by the Trust if all patients were placed would be a cost of approximately £800,000