PERFORMANCE: Wye Valley Trust, England’s first organisation to to provide integrated acute, community and social care services, has released savings of almost £400,000 a month through reductions in delayed transfer of care.

The trust was formed from Hereford Hospitals Trust, NHS Herefordshire’s community services and adult social care from Herefordshire Council under the government’s transforming community services programme which required primary care trusts to divest their provider services. It began operation on April 1 employing about 2,500 staff and with an estimated annual trunover of approximately £160m.

The number of bed days lost in month due to delayed transfers of care has reduced from more than 1,000 to less than 100 with the value of days wasted reduced from more than £400,000 to less than £20,000.

The improvement has taken the trust from being the worst performer in the West Midlands region as Hereford Hospitals Trust to among the best.

A press release from the trust, which hopes to become a foundation trust in 2013, states: “Care is now being delivered through joined-up local neighbourhood teams and through intermediate care services provided at home or in community settings. This will mean multidisciplinary teams of therapists, nurses, social workers, along with GPs and practice staff are communicating and working together in ways we have not seen before.”