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Following on from the announcement of the latest Delayed Discharges in NHSScotland Figures, published by the Information Services Division, Novacare; the care industry’s most powerful online recruitment platform is urging the population of Scotland to seriously consider a career in care.

The figures published on the 4th June – a week prior to this year’s official Carers Week (10 – 16 June 2019) – has confirmed that there were 40,994 days were spent in hospital by people who’s discharge was delayed in April 2019.

Co-Founder and CEO of Novacare, Stephen Wilson comments: “Although this is a decrease of 1% compared with 41,453 days in April 2018 according to the official figures, it clearly reinforces the fact that as a country, our NHS system is still in a state of crisis when it comes to the issue of bed blocking.

“What makes this situation even worse is that in almost all cases, delayed discharges are never the individuals fault and more often than not, it boils down to the fact that it’s the Health and Social Care Partnership’s responsibility to ensure that people have the correct follow on care and support in place for when they return home, which in many instances is simply not there.”

“What makes this situation even worse is that in almost all cases, delayed discharges are never the individuals fault and more often than not, it boils down to the fact that it’s the Health and Social Care Partnership’s responsibility to ensure that people have the correct follow on care and support in place for when they return home, which in many instances is simply not there.”

According to FullFact.org, ‘many in the NHS have blamed local councils for the delays in discharging patients, arguing that the social care system isn’t up to the task. Most local authorities, dealing with cuts to their budgets, have reduced their spend on social care at a time when demand is only rising.’

Stephen Wilson continues, “Delayed discharges (DD) have a serious impact on the individual, their family, care provider, NHS and local authority. Not only do extra unnecessary days in hospital cost the NHS valuable time and money, but there are also a number of individuals who will seriously suffer from spending too much additional time in hospital.

“Every day spent in hospital robs people of their independence and skills. They are more likely to need higher levels of support as a result of too much time in hospital as skills and abilities are often lost or forgotten. Patients being separated from their families can also be distressing, particularly where they are the main care provider or their family are unable to visit them in hospital.”

Novacare is working to support local authorities, NHS and service providers to recruit high quality staff more efficiently, reliably and cost effectively. The Edinburgh based software company aims to solve the key problems faced by the industry by putting the user at the heart of its products.

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