UK bed-blocking crisis: what is the solution?
According to The Independent, bed-blocking in NHS hospitals has “risen by 52% in the last 3 years” with these figures expected to rise annually. In April this year, patients in England experienced some 177,00 days-worth of delays affecting more than 5,900 beds daily. A clear problem within the social care industry that we hope to help with, even in a small way.
Furthermore, there is a 110% rise in patients waiting for a care package at a nursing home since 2010 (The Mirror). Delayed transfers of care are a growing problem across the NHS, leaving NHS patients in hospital longer than clinically necessary and also costing the NHS upwards of £820million a year.
So, what is bed-blocking? Bed-blocking is when an individual is fit to leave hospital but cannot be discharged as there is no available care for them outside of the hospital. When beds are taken up by patients who have not been discharged, it means other people coming into Accident and Emergency who have more serious illnesses, cannot be moved into wards or departments elsewhere in the ward and the hospital overall. This is when bed-blocking occurs and this triggers a backlog elsewhere in the healthcare system. Patients unable to move onto packed wards and paramedics unable to unload patients from ambulances ultimately leave vehicles stuck queuing outside of hospitals.
The NHS plans to shift more patients within public hospitals into private hospitals and care homes to lessen the delayed discharged and free more beds. A once temporary solution, this has become a more permanent one as this issue becomes more and more of a crisis for the social care sector.
According to the ‘Delayed days of care transfer where social care was a factor’ 2017 report, there were a record-breaking number of individuals that were stuck in hospital beds across England. Additionally, of those 153 cities displayed within the report, Liverpool ranked in the top 50 for the worst cases.
There are currently around two million elderly people with care needs in the UK, with this figure set to rise to four million by 2029. As the public sector continues to resist calls to increase funding, this makes private sector investment an integral part of ensuring that the necessary improvements are made to the UK’s care services.
At Select Portfolio, we aim to produce developments that aid in tackling the many concerns within the care industry. By providing reliable ROI and care homes for both public and privately-funded elderly individuals, we choose developments that benefit all parties included in the short term and long term.
We work closely alongside one of the UK’s most successful care home developers offering a unique investment model. This unique model has allowed the developer to expand the number of beds under care rapidly and add to the overall standard of care in their homes. Our developers have a deep-rooted commitment to the long-term success and sustainability of their facilities and operate each care home they develop.
Our latest care home development is Addington Hall Care Home in Merseyside, Liverpool, aiding in reducing the amount of elderly in bed-blocking predicaments.