Transfers of care

Signposting resource

Published: August 2019

Delivering safe and timely transfers of care is a shared responsibility across the whole local health and social care system, including housing, private providers and the voluntary/community sectors.

All parties need to be at the table for both strategic and operational planning to ensure optimisation of effort.

There is no clear relationship between funding levels and the numbers of delayed transfers in different systems – therefore, local practice issues must play their part in performance. Systems that are more advanced on the integration journey have better performance in managing transfers of care.