Funding to tackle delayed discharge is welcomed

An additional £2m to tackle delayed discharge in Edinburgh has been welcomed by Health, Social Care and Housing Convener, Councillor Ricky Henderson.

The one-off payment to the Edinburgh Integration Joint Board (IJB) will aim to bring significant reductions in delays over the coming months, through additional interim care beds; additional staffing; development of locality hubs to enable timely discharge; and introduce Clinical Support Workers.

Councillor Henderson, who is also Vice Chairman of the Board, said: “This additional funding is extremely welcome and will certainly help us to build on ongoing work to ensure that people can make a safe transition from hospital back to their homes.

“We actively work with partners in NHS Lothian, the Scottish Government as well as care providers to ensure that the right services are in place to support people to get home or to move to the right specialist provision as quickly and safely as possible. Growing demand has led to increased pressure on services, and this funding will help to create more beds and to pay for more staff.

“It’s important to recognise that health and social care staff from the NHS and Council already work together very effectively to deliver integrated services, and the formation of the IJB last year will help us to build on what is solid ground.”


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